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Funding Sources

 In this section you will find four categories of funding sources: federal funding, research & science, private foundation and federal & private foundation. Within each category there is a wealth of resources, detailing various organizations and databases in which you can find potential funders. Some websites are free and others may charge a fee, but each has much to offer in grants and other funding sources.

To Get You Started:

The Grantmanship Center

The Grantmanship Center offers a grants database with many funding opportunities for a wide array of causes. Also, there is a training program all about successful grant writing. "It's more than grant seeking and proposal writing: It's about those you help every day. And what they need. We ask the tough questions that will help you to create programs that get funded, stay funded and are aligned with your mission. For more than 35 years, we've trained more than 115,000 nonprofit leaders on the front lines, committed to making a difference in their communities. We welcome you to join us."


The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs. The Foundation Center has a vision of a world enriched by the effective allocation of philanthropic resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contributions of nonprofit activity to civil society, and a mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.