We support nonprofits and grantwriters with free resources, services, and customized assistance. Our librarians are available by email or appointment to help you locate grant opportunities, conduct planning and proposal research, build nonprofit skills, and connect with local experts.
Nonprofit Grant Research
We offer free access to the grants database Foundation Directory Online (FDO) to help you identify potential funders and grant opportunities. Search this extensive database of nonprofit grant records to locate prospective funders. Gain a deep understanding of a grantmaker’s funding interests, motivations, and grant sizes in order to identify the best matched funders to approach. Learn more about FDO here:
FDO is accessible on any public internet computer at the Central Library, and on your own device while connected to the Central Library wi-fi network. FDO is not accessible remotely, or at branch libraries.
If you would like grant research assistance, or are unable to visit the Central Library to use FDO on your own, our librarians are available to help you by virtual appointment.
To make a nonprofit grant research appointment, select any available option on the following page titled “Business and Nonprofit Information Virtual Appointment”:
Planning and Proposal Research
For nonprofit or social enterprise business planning, our Library to Business program gives you free access to valuable research and databases that provide information about competitors, market trends and more.
Need to locate data and research to help you make your case? Through library databases and other free resources, our expert librarians will help gather information that will help you write a compelling grant proposal. Here is a list of some of the resources that can be helpful for nonprofit research.
We partner with experts to offer free workshops on topics relating to business and nonprofits. View our calendar for upcoming programs:
When you need additional mentoring and support, we can connect you to organizations that help nonprofits in various ways, locally and online. The following list includes some of our favorites: