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Grant Funding Resources


The Funding Research Center (FRC) is located at the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch and is accessible during normal business hours. Specialized assistance may be provided upon request.  301-739-3250 x310.

The Washington County Free Library is part of the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. WCFL provides free access to grantmaker directories, guides and books on nonprofit management from the Foundation Center and other materials relating to grants.

The Foundation Center

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center provides a content-rich website with a variety of free search tools, tutorials, downloadable reports and other information updated daily. Also includes a free Foundation Funder database that provides basic facts on U.S. foundations.


The library provides in-house access to two databases from the Foundation Center:

The Foundation Directory Online Foundation Directory Online Professional

Foundation Direcotry OnlineA searchable database of more than 100,000 foundations, corporate donors and grantmaking public charities with complete profiles of the top 20,000 US foundations. This database enables users to find grant money for organizations.


The Foundation Center Grants to Individuals Online

Grants to Individuals OnlineA searchable database of more than 7,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers.


  • The Foundation Center GrantSpace (http://grantspace.org)
    Resources for nonprofits including free webinars, videos, FAQ's and book recommendations.
  • The Foundation Center Philanthropy News Digest (http://foundationcenter.org/pnd)
    Source for Requests for Proposals from funders, news in the nonprofit community, and job openings.
  • Catalog of Nonprofit Libraries (http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/cnl/contents.html)
    Contains citations and some abstracts from books found in the library collections at the five Foundation Center locations as well as select literature from other sources.
  • The Foundation Center Glass Pockets (http://glasspockets.org)
    Focuses on transparency in philanthropy
  • Board Source (www.boardsource.org)
    Resource for nonprofit boards, including information and trainings for board members.

  • Grants.gov (http://grants.gov)
    Source to find, apply for and track federal grants.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (https://www.cfda.gov/)
    Provides a full listing of all federal programs available to governments, organizations and individuals.
  • IRS Charities and Non-profits webpage (https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits)
    Source for information on obtaining tax-exempt status, 990's and other non-profit tax related information.

  • Maryland Association of Non-Profit Organizations (Maryland Nonprofits) (www.marylandnonprofits.org)
    Offers a wide variety of member services and encouragement to non-profits throughout Maryland.
  • Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (http://www.abagrantmakers.org/)
    An association fro Baltimore-based grant-giving foundations with a free download of a common grant application which nonprofits can use in applying to ABAG members for funding.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library Grants Collection - (Research Tools) (http://www.prattlibrary.org/research/tools/index.aspx?cat=19960)
    Helpful links to resources for non-profits
  • State of Maryland Attorney General (https://www.oag.state.md.us/nonprofits/index.htm)
    Resources for organizations and donors including state laws, how to start a non-profit organization and best practice policies.
  • Maryland Governor's Grants Office (http://grants.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx)
    Helps state agencies, local governments and nonprofit organizations find, win and manage grants. Provides a vast amount of information and training materials about grants and users can search for available grants.