Finding Private Grants

When looking for federal grant money, all the information is centrally located in the Federal Register, but when it comes to the private sector it’s not as easy. You could spend countless hours searching thousands of websites for grant opportunities. Additionally, there are hundreds of books containing information on privately funded grants. Utilizing a few good resources will greatly focus your grant seeking efforts. Here’s a list of some of the best resources out there:
With information updated weekly, Fundsnet Services is one of the most complete directory sites out there. Their fundraising and grants directory is available free of charge to visitors. They’ve been around since 1996 and have amassed some very useful resources as well. You can easily navigate through the website by searching the funding categories such as computers & technology, disability grants, and education & literacy grants. They provide direct links to funder’s websites, so you can be sure to get accurate, up to date information.
Foundation Center is a national nonprofit organization connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools and information they can trust. The Center was established in 1956 and is now supported by roughly 600 foundations. By offering a comprehensive database on US grantmakers and their grants, the site attracts grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, and the general public. The Foundation Center offers a variety of resources including free and affordable education programs. In addition to its website, there are five regional learning centers as well as a national network of more than 400 funding information centers. Subscribing members may access the Foundation Directory Online which provides information on more than 95,000 US foundations and corporate donors and 1.7 million grants.
GrantStation offers nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies resources to identify potential private funding for their programs and projects. Subscribing members may utilize quick and easy links to all learn about current grant opportunities and how to secure those funds. GrantStation offers two e-newsletters featuring upcoming funding opportunities including international funding. With the Grantseekers toolkit, users also gain access to training for grant writers and on conducting grant research.

Download the complete Guide to Government Grants to learn exactly how to find and obtain free government grant money.