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Grants and Related Resources: Grants for Nonprofits

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

Databases Available to the MSU Community or Visitors

Foundation Directory Online Professional. Funding database created and maintained by Candid (formerly the Foundation Center). Provides access to detailed profiles on over 140,000 private and corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, grantmaking public charities, and federal agency funders.  Updated weekly. Also provides information on grant recipients, over 8 million recently awarded grants, and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  Available across all MSU IP Ranges and to anyone with a current MSU NetID and password.  Non-affiliated visitors can request access at the Main Library Reference Desk or utilize Foundation Directory Quick Start, a limited version of the database (free registration required).

GrantSelect. An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, containing more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Although this database includes a lot of financial aid sources, it covers nonprofit funding sources as well.  Note: subscription resource available to the MSU community and visitors to the MSU Main Library.


Additional Databases Worth Noting : Posts federal grant information on a daily basis.  Don't want to register?  Click on "find grant opportunities" and explore.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) : Provides access to a searchable database of all federal programs available to state and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories of the U.S.; domestic, public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions. Offers a variety of search methods, including keyword, assistance type, cfda number, and agency.

GuideStar Pro : Provides information on the activities and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations and thousands of faith-based nonprofits. Database searchable by name, keyword, mission, geographic location and revenue range.

Fiscal Sponsorship Information : Most private foundations only give money to officially recognized nonprofits.  If you do not have this status, you may want to investigate a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status.

General Nonprofit Fundraising Resources

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Candid's Online Librarian Service can answer questions about foundations, philanthropy, fund-raising and nonprofits organizations.


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