Grant Resources

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The Grant Center, located at Main Library, is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid.

As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and Candid’s electronic databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Foundation Maps. The fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.

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Register for free 24 hour remote access to the Essential version of the Foundation Directory Online.  Day Passes are available once every 30 days. You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online Essential through the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County with this link

Find the link to the Foundation Directory Online Day Pass guide here

You can conduct your searches using Foundation Directory Online Professional at the Brownlee Woods Library. Contact us here for help:

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Explore these Grant Center databases and website links:

Grant Center Resources | Federal Government Resources | Non-Profit Organizations | Scholarships

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Grant Center Resources

Foundation Directory Online – In Library Access Only at Brownlee Woods 
Foundation Directory Online is a fundraising database that gives grantseekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists.  By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient.

Foundation Grants to Individuals – In Library Access Only
Detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals.  NEW:The database also provides direct access to RFPs for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.

Foundation Maps – In Library Access Only at Brownlee Woods
Is an interactive mapping platform with data on millions of grants that allows users to reflect on their foundation’s grantmaking activity, explore activity in the field, and discover new partners for collaboration.

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Federal Government Resources (website)
“Allows user to electronically find, apply for and manage grants from all federal grantmaking agencies.”

Nonprofit Gateway (website)
Provides links to non-profit websites of federal agencies.

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Non-Profit Organizations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (website)
Helpful to both charities and donors, provides an alphabetical listing of charity reports, allows the user to inquire about a charity or make a complaint. A user can also find a list of BBB seal holders.

Candid Learning
Resources and links for nonprofit organizations seeking information on philanthropy and the grantmaking process.

Charity Navigator (website)
An independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator assesses over 4300 U.S. charities. The site helps charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions.

GuideStar (website)
GuideStar is a database of more than 700,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. It’s the world’s most comprehensive source of information about American nonprofit organizations.

Techsoup (website)
A nonprofit program that distributes donated and deeply discounted software and technology products to eligible nonprofit organizations. All are available either for a small admin. fee if donated, or at prices that are deeply discounted.

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College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees (website)
This comprehensive site provides lots of links to information on scholarships and financial aid.  Especially of note are two links found on the left side bar: Free Scholarship Searches and 101 Top College, University, and Scholarship Web Sites.

College Navigator (website)
“With links to over 9,000 colleges and universities in the United States, this site helps students find information about various kinds of post high school education. Contains enrollment, costs and financial aid data.”

College Now Greater Cleveland  (website)
Check out the requirements and apply for an adult learner program scholarship at the Find Scholarships link.

FAFSA on the Web (website)
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.

FastWeb (website)
This is one of the oldest and largest of the online scholarship sites. (website)
Described as the most comprehensive source of online information for U.S. government financial aid assistance. Provides information on federal government scholarships, fellowships, traineeships and loans.

FinAid (website)
Provides information about all aspects of the college funding process. Includes job and internship assistance as well.

Financial Aid Center (website)
This is a good site for information about how to finance your education and/or career training.

MVCAP: Mahoning Valley College Access Program (website)
“MVCAP helps young people in the Mahoning Valley pursue education.”

Princeton Review (website)
“This site provides organizes information for the student seeking college admission and provides online school applications, search tools, admission test practice exams, school profiles, as well as financial aid and admissions advice, and much, much more. ”

Scholarship Help (website)
Recommended as the starting point before applying for higher education financial aid. It provides information on getting the most financial aid. Also found on this site is assistance in scholarship application and study technique.

Scholarship Hunter (website)
Described as the “fast and easy scholarship source”, includes links to scholarships awarded by state or major, sweepstakes, essay contests as well as information on student loans. This site also provides advice on avoiding financial aid mistakes.

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae (website)
“Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of education loans, provides a searchable database and step-by-step financial aid instructions.”

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