Grants for Nonprofits

A grant is a transfer of money usually from a nonprofit agency or government agency to another nonprofit or government agency. A grant may be given to an individual (such as a scholarship or fellowship) but it is more often given to an organization. When a grant is given, there are usually no requirements to repay the money. The library often gets inquiries about how to get “free” money or grants to meet a particular need. While grants might not be available in every situation, other forms of assistance are still very valuable. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions and answers about locating grants and other types of assistance.

Memphis Public Libraries, as a Funding Information Network access partner, offers access to the following databases in the Business/Sciences Department (3rd floor, Central Library):


Foundation Directory Online by Candid

Updated weekly, Candid’s premier fundraising tool gives grant-seekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient. See the Philanthropy Classification System for tips on how to navigate the philanthropy classification system.



An online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers. NEW: The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.




Access all of Candid’s live and on-demand trainings, webinars, and other resources designed to improve your fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency. For more information about how to find grants, please visit the Candid Learning Knowledge Base.



Additional resources for finding grants can also be found on the websites below:

Grants for Nonprofits is a webpage provided by the Michigan State University Library. It is a compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

TGCI, the Grantsmanship Center, offers links to grants including international funders. Search by geographic region.


See Also:
Nonprofit Resource Center

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Grants for Nonprofits page last reviewed September 1, 2022.