Help available for first time nonprofit grantseekers

Hi Nonprofits:

Below you’ll find a wealth of information created by the Foundation Center for first-time grantseekers. These are available from the Foundation Center Website.

Many free courses are available if you register at

Our Library is an Affiliate Collection with the majority of Foundation Center publications, and online databases (for in-library use only)


Welcome Nonprofit Grantseekers

Online Training and Tutorials on Grantseeking

Grantseeking Basics for Nonprofit Organizations
Prepares nonprofit organizations to seek out and identify potential sources of foundation support.

Guide to Funding Research
A basic primer on the grantseeking process and an introduction to the available resources.

Tools and Resources

The Foundation Directory Online
Provides fundraisers with access to searchable online databases of grantmakers, grants, and 990s. With five subscription plans available by month or by year for all levels of grantseekers.

Foundation Center Libraries
The Foundation Center’s five libraries hold many resources for individual grantseekers. Search the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, the libraries’ collective holdings.

Associates Program
The Associates Program provides you with an on-call Associate researcher who has access to the full spectrum of Foundation Center materials, from our comprehensive databases—updated weekly—to the latest publications on grantseeking and philanthropy.

Proposal Writing Short Course
(Available in English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese)
Describes how to prepare a funding proposal, including the planning, research, and cultivation of foundation and corporate donors.

PND’s RFP Bulletin
Requests for proposals (RFPs) by grantmakers who wish to attract applicants with specific projects or interests.

PND Talk
Share opinions, insights, and questions related to the field of philanthropy with your peers at our message board.