Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Best Web Sites To Find Grants

There are hundreds of data banks listing grant opportunities. Many of them require a membership fee or they are dated. The list of funders and links here are valid when published. 

Some of the data banks I have included require a user name, a password and an e-mail address. In some instances your account will require activation through a return e-mail to you to be returned to them or clicking on a link. Please read the privacy notice at the web site, if there is one, and decide whether you want to give the information required.

The list includes links to U.S. foundations and corporations and for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. There are data banks aimed at international NGOs. There are specialized banks for animals, women, human rights, health, the environment and international development. I have included what I consider to be the best data banks for U.S. government funds including funds for international purposes...

This is the second new article about finding grant opportunities available at this blog. The earlier one is How to Find Grant Opportunities . You may be aware that I send out 6-8 grant opportunities announcement almost every evening through my Twitter account, http://twitter.com/#!/dgriesmann

There are over 1.3M nonprofit tax exempt organizations in the United States. Most of them are looking for grants to fund their missions. The funds available from nongovernmental sources, foundations, corporations and trust funds are miniscule compared to government sources.

The parameters for inclusion here are –

  • no fees
  • open to all
  • meaningful list
  • broadly based
  • user friendly
  • timely   
I hope that readers will add their favorite links to data banks of grant opportunities to this list, meeting the same parameters.

My overriding principle for this and other articles about grants is - what is on the internet that NPO/NGOs can secure with no cost or gimmicks?  We have many dedicated people in our sector who deserve our thanks who put almost everything we need to know out there for no cost. The hard part of course is mining it for value. That is what I try to do about grants - mining them for value. I have mined here the best data banks that can serve you well. The goal here is to make your search as little frustrating as possible.

The following is not an all inclusive list. I have tried to find as many data banks as possible. They can help you decide which grant opportunities to review and which may not be worth your time. I have added my own comments about the web sites as needed.

The Foundation Center has an excellent Guide to Funding Research for grantseekers that should be read by everyone, staff, consultant, volunteer or board member, starting out for the first or 30th time searching for grants, - http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/gfr/

I have included information and links for international grant opportunities. According to the Foundation Center there were over $7.6 billion in grants given to 15,675 international recipients in 42,169 foundation grants. http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/maps/ 

  1. Grants.gov is an excellent source for timely notice of federal grants, sorted by opening or closing date over the past 7 days. It includes domestic and international grants. I suggest this should be a “favorite” if you are interested in federal grants because it changes regularly  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=Search&dates=7&docs1=doc_open_checked  
  2. Federal Grants Wire, a useful search tool for finding federal grants, government grants and loans. They currently index 2,481 federal grants and loans organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, subject area http://www.federalgrantswire.com/   
  3. Federal Business Opportunities (Fed Biz Ops) with 25,000 - 32,000 contract opportunities, some for nonprofits. This is not an easy site to navigate but if you are looking for business contracts rather than grants this where you can start https://www.fbo.gov/?s=home&tab=list&mode=list 
  4. NonProfitExpert.com, detailed listing of grants and good information for grant seekers; review the categories listed on the left hand side.    http://www.nonprofitexpert.com/federal_grants.htm 
  5. Jon Harrison and Michigan State University have a comprehensive list of funders alphabetized by subject http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2sgalpha.htm
  6. Youth Grants for NPOs working  in that service area http://www.youthtoday.org/grants.cfm
  7. Rural Assistance Center has an excellent directory of foundations with funding links by topics, and links to state resources http://www.raconline.org/funding/funding_topic.php  
  8. Common Grants material has a list of foundations that accept their universal grant application form. The list of foundations is in alphabetical order and is searchable by location, program type and beneficiary http://www.commongrants.com/participating-funders    
  9. Meyer Foundation’s list about funding opportunities, outside Meyer, includes information on ways to strengthen nonprofit organizations, research about people and communities that Meyer cares about, and useful links for nonprofits and grantmakers
  10. FundsNet Services.com has excellent information about grants and you can browse through categories of grants from Animal & Wildlife Grants to Women Grants - http://www.fundsnetservices.com/   
  11. Women’s Funding Network connects and strengthens more than 160 organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe http://www.wfnet.org/the-network/member-directory  
  12. Google directory of foundations in alphabetical order, look at the links to categories to save some time http://directory.google.com/alpha/Top/Society/Philanthropy/Grants/Grant-Making_Foundations/  
  13. Grant Makers in Health has partners listed and linked alphabetically -http://www.gih.org/link_no_cat2664/link_no_cat.htm  
  14. Environmental Grantmaker Association has an alphabetical list and links - http://www.ega.org/funders/funder.php?op=list 
  15. Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation funders are listed at the University of Wisconsin grants’ library http://grants.library.wisc.edu/organizations/animals.html   
  16. California Polytechnic State University, listed by subject in alphabetical order -   http://www.calpoly.edu/~grants/3_FoundSubj.html   
  17. Foundation Center has a list of the 100 largest U.S. grantmaking foundations ranked by the market value of their assets, based on the most current audited financial data in the Foundation Center's database as of April 27, 2011. http://fdncenter.org/findfunders/topfunders/top100assets.html  
  18. ChristianGrants.com features links by key words and by work projects including building campaigns, program support, outreach ministries and more http://www.christiangrants.com/   
  19. National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) features a catalog of donated merchandise for supplies http://www.naeir.org/    
  20. A reader suggested - ScanGrants™ is designed to facilitate the search for funding sources to enhance individual and community health – medical researchers, social workers, nurses, students, community-based health educators, academics and others

For international grants:

  1. Canada’s CharityVillage has a section with a list of grantors in alphabetical order, searchable by categories http://www.charityvillage.com/cv/nonpr/nonpr17.asp and 

    Canadian international grants - http://www.charityvillage.com/cv/nonpr/nonpr9.html#sep1211 

  2. Canada funders can be found on FundsNet Services.com http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult.php?sbcat_id=29    
  3. Nobel Peace Prize has a list of international foundations http://www.nobelpeaceforum.org/grantsandrelatedresources.htm   
  4. Grants from foundations aimed at United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other international funders at Fundsnet Services.com  http://www.fundsnetservices.com/showcats.php?sbcat_id=10  
  5. Jon Harrison's list of Women in International Development, a compilation of web pages of potential interest to NGOs seeking funding opportunities related to women in international development- http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2wid.htm 
  6. The International Human Rights Funders Group has a grants tool designed to enable both grantmakers and grantseekers to search for human rights funders by several key criteria: areas of rights funding, activities supported and geographic focus at http://ihrfg.org/funder-directory-search 
  7. Grant Makers without Borders does not provide grants but does have an excellent directory of foundations and other organizations interested in international grantmaking http://www.internationaldonors.org/advicegs/index.htm   
  8. LGBTQ Funders Directory provides information on funders of organizations and projects working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. All of the groups included in the directory have provided financial support, of varying types, to LGBTQ programs. http://www.lgbtfunders.org/seekers/directory.cfm 
  9. ChristianGrants.com features international opportunities with links by key words and by work projects including building campaigns, program support, outreach ministries and more http://www.christiangrants.com/ 
  10. Grantmakers Online.com, an interactive database of world-wide funders, in Beta form, and a little clumsy but highly useful, http://www.grantmakersonline.com/
For other international listing see the companion piece, below, about free e-newsletters that provides timely notice of grant opportunities -

Through the Looking-Glass for International Grant Opportunities

For e-newsletters about grants, see

How to Find Grant Opportunities

Are you sure your organization is ready to receive and appropriately account for the assistance from a grant? Before you say “Yes”, please read this

One Phase of Nonprofit Organizational Readiness for Grant Funding – Recordkeeping  


Grant said...

I also suggest ScanGrants. It is another free website and is very useful when searching for healthcare grants.

Don Griesmann said...

Thank you for this great resource. I have added it, above. Don

Carolyn Hipkins said...

Thank-you for the information. I'm now following your blog.

Grant Central USA said...

Hi Don! Thanks for the good list. We will pass it on to our readers and mention it on our blog.

Don Griesmann said...

Hi Grant Central. Thanks for mentioning this article at your comprehensive web site and sharing it with your readers. Don

Joy said...

I would suggest GrantWatch.com they are subscription based but also send out free weekly emails of all new grants and they allow free access to their archives - great for cyclical grants. As far as the cost is concerned, we've done it both ways, we've used the free membership and also tried the subscription. The price was pretty low and the details and eligibility information was very comprehensive.

Don Griesmann said...

Hi Joy, Thank you for adding Grantwatch to the list. As you state there is a fee. But there is more. My blog's purpose is to post sites that provide information globally about grants without charge. As you will see GrantWatch does not meet the basic criteria I set out to meet. To access Grantwatch's data you will have to create a log-in with your e-mail address and telephone number. I question the purpose for these two items. You also have to agree to receive e-mail from them. I am disturbed that while they request your e-mail address and telephone number, there is no privacy notice at the site that I could find that explains, among other things, how they will and will NOT use that information. Buyer beware when you are asked for personal information and not given the purpose and use of that information. For those who wish to see their information, the website is http://grantwatch.com/


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