Nonprofit Grants



Our dedicated staff and exclusive resources help both new and experienced grant writers research, find, write, and win grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Featured Library Databases

Featured Research Databases

Library-Only Research Database

Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide, and provides nonprofits and individuals seeking funding, scholarships, or fellowships access to find and connect with funders.

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 Directory Online Professional is available for in-person use at the Downtown Main Library, opens a new window during any of our open hours. No appointment needed. Please contact Tessa Grindle-de Graaf at for additional questions about accessing the Foundation Directory.

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Get one-on-one assistance from a Grants Resource Librarian. Complete the form below and results will be emailed to you within 5 business days.

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Library Programs for Nonprofits

These free monthly programs constitute a three-part series and are offered virtually 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 an hour-and-a-half 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 an hour-and-a-half 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 an hour-and-a-half 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.

Recommended Grant and Nonprofit Books

Recommended Grant and Nonprofit Books

New to grant seeking and the nonprofit world? These books have what you need to get your 501(c)(3) on its way and properly funded.

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