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Grants--like loans you don’t have to pay back!

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library,
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Looking to fund your nonprofit organization, business or individual needs? Look no further than our Grants Center! We offer directories, grant-writing guides and many other resources to help you get started with your grant or fundraising search!

What are grants? Grants are a form of financial or other similar assistance that is given freely without any requirement of repayment. They usually come in the form of money, but some types of grants may offer access to resources, services, goods or other aid. They are disbursed by grant makers (often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust) to a recipient (usually a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.)

Who is eligible? Students are among the most common recipients of individual grants. Among the most popular student grants are those offered by the federal government and other government agencies. Some private grants are also available to students especially for those that have outstanding academic records. Other recipients of grants include nonprofit organizations, businesses and education or government institutions.

How do I get started? In order to receive a grant, a proposal or an application is usually required. The grant writing process involves an applicant submitting a proposal or submission to a potential funder, either on the applicant's own initiative or in response to a “Request for Proposal” from the funder.

Here at the Social Sciences Department we offer all types of resources to help you get started with finding and applying for grants and funding. Some of our reference books include:

Book Cover061.01 F771 Foundation Directory
As a 3-volume set, the Foundation Directory is one of the most comprehensive resources for finding and locating all types of funders. Information on larger and mid-size funders include contact information, financials and names of decision-makers. For smaller foundations, contact information, current assets, giving amounts, and geographic limitations are listed. Also included are sample grants and  indexes of trustees, officers and donors.

Book Cover361.97302 N2775-2 National Directory of Corporate Giving
The National Directory of Corporate Giving provides profiles of company-sponsored foundations and corporate giving programs. Company profiles include giving priorities, essential contact information as well as web links. Fundraising information includes program descriptions, annual giving amounts, average size of grants awarded, giving limitations, key contact names and application procedures. A full index is included.

Book Cover361.97303 F7695-3 Foundation Grants to Individuals
This directory provides a listing of foundations that offer grants to individuals, such as students, artists, researchers, and other professionals. Entries include such information as foundation name, address, contact information, program description, grant amount, and application guidelines. Foundations are organized alphabetically by state.


Book Cover361.97303 N2775-1 National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations
This resource provides facts and contact information on the largest nonprofit organizations in the country. Drawing on data from the IRS, information is provided on more than 260,000 organizations, more than half of which have incomes greater than $100,000. Entries also include mailing address and phone number, IRS filing status, employer identification number, charitable deduction eligibility and reported annual income.

Book Cover378.1603 D598 Directory of Research Grants
The Directory of Research Grants offers information on research sponsors, including U.S. and foreign foundations, corporations and government institutions. Users can search for grants based on program types. Each entry includes grant title, description, requirements, amount, application deadline, contact information, sponsor name and address, and samples of awarded grants. Indexes by subject, program type, and geographic location are also listed.

For more books, search the LAPL Catalog under SUBJECT using the following search terms:

  • Economic assistance Domestic United States Directories
  • Economic Assistance, Domestic United States Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Endowments United States Directories
  • Fund raising
  • Grant writing
  • Grants-in-aid
  • Scholarships United States

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In addition, you can also find links to online resources under our “Research Guides” and “Web Resources” pages:

If you have any questions, please call the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department at (213) 228-7300.

Happy grant writing!