May 2013

Services · Grants Resource Center for Nonprofits

Foundation Directory Online Essential is now temporarily available from home while the Library remains closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access this database via the following link: Please contact our Grants Resource Librarian, Kent Mulcahy at the following link:, with any questions you have about the differences between the "Essential" and "Professional" tiers, or tips on how to use the Foundation Directory in general.

Grant classes for the month of May 2020 will be held virtually. If you're interested in attending these free webinars, please contact Kent Mulcahy, via the following link:, for more information.

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The Grants Resource Center is a partner library in the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. The Grants Resource Center provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising, proposal writing, and nonprofit management, as well as the Foundation Center’s electronic databases. The Grants Resource Center is located in the Information & Reference Department at the Main Library.

Programs for Nonprofits

These free monthly programs constitute a three-part series and are offered at the Main Library at various days and times. The bulleted list below is the suggested, but not required, sequence in which to take the classes. For more details, please call 513-369-6900. To view upcoming programs, visit our online program calendar.

  • Introduction to Finding Grants is a two-hour course that provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants for nonprofits from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.
  • Grants Research Lab is a two-hour computer lab that offers the opportunity to receive staff help as you search for nonprofit grants using our electronic databases.
  • Introduction to Proposal Writing is a two-hour course that offers tips and techniques in successful proposal writing for nonprofits, including what goes into a successful proposal, how the material is organized, how proposal budgets are prepared, and how to present proposals to grant makers in ways designed to promote a positive response.


Access to electronic databases is only available in the Information and Reference Department.

Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code. Choose from over 1,100 indexed search terms or keyword-search. Interactive maps and charts show a funder’s giving trends, and you can click through to see recipient lists and grant details.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Helpful Websites

Want to find more information online? Visit our Sites by Subject directory for a list of websites on fundraising, philanthropy news, nonprofit development, and more.


New to nonprofits or seeking more knowledge? View our Reading Recommendations for books on fundraising, proposal writing and nonprofit administration. Search the catalog for more!


Contact Kent Mulcahy, our Grants Librarian by phone (513-369-6934) or email.

Get immediate assistance via live chat from the experts at GrantSpace on their “Ask Us” page. Chat is staffed by grant and nonprofit professionals Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, submit your question using their email form, and receive a response within 48 business hours.