Foundation Center For Grant Seekers

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Foundation Center

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit organization that helps grant seekers research foundations and develop grant proposals. It focuses on nongovernmental grant makers. The Center publishes books and databases; conducts seminars; and staffs five libraries in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

FC Public Website

The Foundation Center public web site at is an excellent source of information for grant seekers. It links to foundation web sites, 990-PF tax returns of private foundations, and government grant programs, as well as offering tutorials, webinars and videos on foundation research and grant writing.

FC Funding Information Network

FC Funding Information Network is supported by a network of Network Sites in libraries and other nonprofit agencies in all 50 states. These agencies have core collections of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services. The CCs can help you:

  • Find resources on starting a nonprofit organization
  • Learn the basics of grant seeking
  • Learn about grant proposals and proposal writing
  • Find detailed profiles of foundations and corporate givers
  • Explore topics related to philanthropy, volunteerism and fundraising

Love Library Network Site at UNL

Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a Network Site, serving the citizens of Nebraska and the region. The staff at the Reference Desk on 2nd floor can answer many questions about grants and foundations.

To schedule individual or group training, contact the point of contact for the Network Site, Robert Bolin, at, 402-472-4418

Love Library offers two comprehensive FC online resources that allow grant seekers to identify the foundations most likely to fund their grant proposals. Access is free but limited to the Love Library building.

Foundation Directory Online Professional   Foundation Directory Online Professional
Foundation Grants to Individuals   Foundation Grants to Individuals

Links to Other Useful Resources


Guidestar profiles nonprofits and foundations based on tax reports to the IRS. The website is free but requires registration. More complex analyses are fee-based.

Publication 78: Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 198,,id=96136,00.html
Publication 78 is the IRS official list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. They are often described by their IRS designation of 501(c) 3. Most grants go to nonprofits with 501(c) 3 status.

IRS Tax Information for Charitable Organizations
The IRS website offers nine information stations covering various aspects of acquiring tax-exemption status and reporting annually

Charity Navigator
CN evaluates the financial health of major charities.

National Center for Charitable Statistics
The NCCS provides state and national statistics on nonprofits, along with data analysis tools and access to raw data.

Nebraska Grantwriters
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) offers this directory of freelance grant writers based in Nebraska

Nebraska - Non-Profit Organization Information
The DED web page provides information on incorporation, taxation, and fundraising issues for Nebraska nonprofits

Federal Grants serves two functions. It is a searchable database of grants currently available from federal agencies and it is the required system for making federal grant applications.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The CDFA is the searchable database of all federal grant programs

Federal Register
The FR gives daily updates on newly proposed and approved federal grants.

Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
The RAC is an information portal to funding programs that provide health and human services to rural residents.

Nebraska Grants

Nebraska Resources Guide (DED)
The DED publication is a guide to grants for Nebraska children, youth, family and community projects.?

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
The DED website has links to a variety of state agencies offering grants

Rural Development Commission
The DED web page has information on grants for BECA (Building Entrepreneurial Communities & Value-Added Agriculture)

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
DED has guidelines and application forms for grants to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities.

Nebraska Arts Council
The NAC website provides information on NAC grants and links to its online application system.

Nebraska Humanities Council
The NHC website provides information on NHC grants, funding policies and applications.

Nebraska Environmental Trust
The NET website has information on Trust grants, policies, reports, and application forms.

Last updated August 21, 2013. Send your questions, comments or suggestions about this page to Robert Bolin, at