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Grant databases allow non-profit organizations, artists, researchers, and others to research grant opportunities available from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
With the grant databases and the library’s Fundraising Collection, you can find organizations whose areas of interest match yours, view foundations' IRS 990-PF tax documents, learn to write strong grant applications, improve non-profit management skills, learn new fundraising strategies, work with boards and volunteers, follow trends in philanthropy, and more.
NEW! Remote access options during the closure:
Muncie Public Library can assist you with searches directly. During the library closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may send us a funding search request, and a librarian will send you results from Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional within 1-2 business days. Fill out the Grant Research Request form to begin.
Additionally, you can now start your grant research from anywhere using Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Essential.*
*For access, contact Laura Janiga using the information at the bottom of this section. Learn how FDO Essential compares to FDO Professional (PDF). Generally, FDO Essential will show you profiles of grantmakers and 990 forms that match your search terms. FDO Professional provides those as well as grant and recipient details, and is currently available via the Research Request form linked above.
Full Database access is at Maring-Hunt Library only:
Foundation Directory Online Professional allows non-profit organizations seeking grants to search thousands of funding organizations and grant recipients, read application guidelines and program summaries, view 990 tax returns, to analyze funding trends and research potential funders.
Foundation Grants to Individuals allows individual grant seekers such as students, artists, researchers to search thousands of funding organizations for scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships, and search by school or corporation.
Note about the scope of Grant Databases:
The foundations in these directories typically fund only nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. These are organizations whose purposes are charitable, educational, scientific, religious, literary, or cultural. A small number of foundations will also make grants to individuals, usually to help pay for educational expenses, or support artistic or research projects.
These databases are generally not where you will find funds to help with personal needs such as food, medical bills, housing, or debt relief. Instead, please call 211, or contact your elected officials such as your township trustee, to find government agencies and human/social service organizations near you, some of which may be able to provide temporary financial and other forms of assistance. Please also refer to the resources linked in the Candid Learning Knowledge Base for more emergency financial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, these databases are generally not where you will find funds to help with a for-profit business. Please contact the Indiana Small Business Development Center for information about starting a business.
Database Training and Research Help **Available when regular business resumes**
Information Desk staff will help you locate books and get you started searching the databases (appointments are recommended). We also offer workshops for community and non-profit groups for more in-depth training. Please check the library’s calendar for scheduled workshops.
Call 765-741-7331 or email Laura Janiga at [email protected] to make an appointment or inquire about upcoming workshops. To search for other FIN locations and training opportunities worldwide, visit learning.candid.org (formerly Grantspace.org).