Searching for funding through private and public foundations takes time and effort to do well, starting with research about those foundation prospects and ending with a funded proposal. To understand those two points, and all the steps in between, you can use a combination of local and internet-based sources.
Funding Information Network
The national Funder Information Network, a project of The Foundation Center, includes libraries, community foundations, and nonprofit management centers that have especially deep collections of information about nonprofits and grantseeking, and staff who can help grantseekers navigate the collections. Many of these organizations also offer in-person classes on different aspects of grantseeking.
Network locations in Arkansas and Texas include:
Nonprofit management centers
Nonprofit management centers offer professional development seminars and classes, and often consulting services, to nonprofits in their regions. Within the King Foundation’s service areas, available centers include:
Web-based resources include both free and subscription-based services (some of which are modestly priced). We suggest the following sites:
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Monthly newspaper of the nonprofit sector, available both in print and digital editions for about $80 per year. (Print subscriptions include full digital access.) Subscribers also have online access to GrantStation, checklists, templates, and many other resources.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is a national clearinghouse of information about grantmaking foundations. Its useful services include the Foundation Directory Online, which is a web-based subscription service allowing charities to search for grantmaking foundations. It is available at different price and database size levels for as little as $20 for one month. Nonprofit management centers in your locale may offer access as well.
A Los Angeles-based center providing workshops and training in grantseeking and fundraising. The Center’s website contains helpful articles like “Getting the Grant 101.” The Center also publishes an online magazine.
Michigan State University Libraries
Compendium of research sources on grants and scholarships. The Grants for Nonprofits section is organized by subject. The Grants for Individuals section is organized by academic level, population group, and subject.
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Membership organization for Texas nonprofits, which compiles funder profiles, grant opportunities, and online training. Membership also includes access to GrantStation, a national search database.