Tuesday, September 2, 2008

eResource of the Month for September: Grant Research

Did you know that the Bealeton branch of the Fauquier County Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center? The Bealeton Cooperating Collection is one of more than 240 Cooperating Collections in the U.S., and its mission is to help grant seekers find funding.

The Cooperating Collection at the Bealeton Library includes free access to two (2) online databases:

  1. Foundation Directory Online Professional - Searchable by keyword, granting organization, location, etc., this database, geared at non-profit organizations, includes over 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of nearly 3,600 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 1.3 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 527,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
  2. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - An online database of more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students (i.e., fund your education), artists, researchers, and other individual (versus non-profit organizations) grantseekers, including small businesses.

How the Cooperating Collection print resources and the online databases can help you:

  • Learn the basics of grant seeking and grant making
  • Gather information about grant proposals and proposal writing
  • Find detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers
  • Explore additional topics related to philanthropy and fundraising
There is no charge to users for this service, but you must visit the Bealeton Library in person to access the databases. Stop by the reference desk for more information and/or assistance.