Grant Locator

Since 1956, the Foundation Center has been the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy. They connect nonprofits and individuals with grant and grant makers via the most comprehensive databases on U.S. foundation and corporate grants available. Use the Foundation Center website ( to find free basic information about funders based on name, state, and zip code. The website also includes free online tutorials on Foundations and Fundraising, Proposal Writing, and Nonprofit Management.

Foundation Directory Online – The Erie County Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Erie County Public Library provides visitors with free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management and the Foundation Center’s online directory. The Foundation Directory Online includes over one million searchable grants, 90,000 grant makers, and searchable 990′s. It also has all inclusive foundation data: news, RFP’s, grant distribution charts and more. This is updated weekly.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – This is one of the most comprehensive databases of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals looking for scholarships, student loans and fellowships. This is updated weekly.