Grant Resources

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The Grant Center, located in the Information Services Department 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 the Foundation Center’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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While we are staying indoors to comply with the Governor’s orders, the Foundation Directory Online has offered some assistance during this time.

Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online through Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County with this link

The Library can also assist you with funding searches directly. 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

Grant Center Resources

Foundation Directory Online – In Library Access Only at Main only
Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects.

Foundation Grants to Individuals – In Library Access Only
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Foundation Maps – In Library Access Only at Main only
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.

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Federal Government Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (website)
“This is an online listing of all federal programs, with full description of each program, deadline and contact information. This site also contains application and proposal writing guides.” (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.

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

Foundation Center (website)
Resources and links for nonprofit organizations seeking information on philanthropy and the grantmaking process.

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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