WRTG 31700: Proposal and Grant Writing

Grant Writing

          

General Resources for Grant Writers

Selected Grants and Fundraising Resources

Selected Grants and Fundraising Resources
  • An outstanding collection of online grant and fundraising resources from the New York State Library. Note: These are helpfully categorized and include national resources.

Grants.gov

Grants.gov    

Chronicle of Philanthropy: New Grants

Chronicle of Philanthropy: New Grants
  • Database of grant opportunities searchable by keywords and categories

Foundation Center

Foundation Center
  • Learn about Foundations and Fundraising  Once you get past the classroom seminars, most of the content is free here. See especially the online training courses and tutorials, which include a  Grantseeking Basics Training Video,  Introduction to Fundraising Planning, and Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations.
  • Proposal Writing Short Course
  • Topical Resource List  This breaks down the grantseeking process and the types of grants into topical categories. Many of these connect you to biblographies of relevant books and articles, which you must then track down, but where online resources are relevant the links are provided.
  • Philanthropy Classification System  The Foundation Center maintains a classification system that might prove useful. It helps clarify the population served, the organization type, and the Subject area, as well as support strategies. When clicking on any of these, be sure to wait for the "Hierarchy" at the bottom to fill in.
  • 990 Finder  It could be useful to look at the 990 tax returns of nonprofit organizations similar to the one you wish to find grants for, where you will find their donors listed.
  • Gain Knowledge  This section is worth exploring. See in particular the Special Topic Trends under Research, where you'll find many recent and free Foundation Center Publications.

GuideStar

GuideStar
  • Most resources here must be purchased, but some features are free if you register (see Create Account button). Among the free features is an advanced search of 990 filings with a Keyword component so that in addition to searching specific organizations already known to you, you can enter terms likely to occur in the names of the types of organizations that interest you, limit the location by city and/or state, and retrieve all the nonprofit organizations with those words in their name.  After selecting one you must scroll down past the data available only to subscribers to reach the 990 forms for that organization.  Try to target organizations similar to your own and then check to see if and from whom they are receiving grant funding.

Grant Writing Tools for Non-profits

Grant Writing Tools for Non-profit Organizations  
  • As advertised, a suite of online tools. And be sure to check out their Links page for related resources.

Nonprofit Hub: Grant Writing

Nonprofit Hub: Grant Writing
  • A variety of of helpful "how-to" tools and resources.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • The "Browse All Research" feature allows you to find relevant publications on contemporary philanthropy from this Indiana-Purdue school using both keywords and categories.

National Center for Charitable Statistics

National Center for Charitable Statistics  

Local News Sources