As an affiliate of the Foundation Center, the Santa Monica Public Library maintains a core collection of directories of grants and foundations and provides access to Foundation Directory Online Professional, the Foundation Center electronic grantseekers’ database. Foundation Center Online Professional is available only in the Main Library. Current editions of the grants and foundations directories are available in the Reference Collection of the Main Library.
California Community FoundationStrengthen Los Angeles communities through effective philanthropy and civic engagement.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Guide to grants offered by every department of the federal government.
Foundation Center WebsiteThe Foundation Center in New York is a national organization that provides education and training about grant seeking, philanthropy, and foundations in the United States. The site provides advice to grant seekers, listings of workshops and classes including training online, and topical resource lists for further information. It includes a directory with contact information only of foundations searchable by foundation name. It also includes recent IRS 990 & 990-PF reports searchable by foundation name.
Grants.govYou can find and apply online for federal government grants. There are over 1,000 programs offered by all 26 federal grant making agencies. Grants.gov is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
RFP’s on Philanthropy News DigestService of the Foundation Center, lists current requests for proposals.
This 1½ hour, hands-on class provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s database of active U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, as well as their associated grants.
Foundation Directory Online Professional includes over 100,000 grantmaker profiles, over 2.4 million records in the Grants database, interactive maps and charts displaying grants, and a keyword-searchable 990s database.
This class is especially useful for nonprofit organizations looking for foundations with interests and missions that are similar to their own. Foundation profiles in the database include descriptions of a foundation’s fields of interest and its purpose and activities, as well as contact information, deadlines, application guidelines, and recently awarded grants.
The class is held in the Computer Classroom on the second floor of the Main Library. Class is limited to twelve people, and seating is on a first arrival basis.
Charity NavigatorHelps potential donors make intelligent giving decisions by providing independent evaluations of the financial health of the largest US charities. Find detailed, easy to understand reports on over 3400 charities that analyze fundraising, program and administration expenses. Also find ratings and comparisons with like organizations.
GuideStarSearchable database of U.S. nonprofit organizations. Listings include information on background, mission, goals, and finances. Some listings provide copies of their annual IRS Form 990.
Give.orgSponsored by the Better Business Bureau. Find background and financial information on dozens of "nationally soliciting charitable organizations."
Registry of Charitable TrustsFrom the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, search the files of the Registry of Charitable Trusts.
Tax Exempt Organizations List IRS Publication 78Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Provides only name of organization, city, state and country.
Center for Nonprofit ManagementLocated in downtown Los Angeles, the Center fosters healthy neighborhoods and communities by improving the performance of nonprofit organizations addressing critical issues and serving underserved populations. The Center offers classes in various topics related to nonprofit management and grants. The Center’s Nonprofit Resource Library has an extensive collection of resources for nonprofit management, philanthropy, sector information, career planning, and funding research.
Council on Foundations (COF)COF is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. The Council provides leadership expertise, legal information and networking opportunities to their members and to the general public.
Grantsmanship CenterThis is a Los Angeles based organization whose purpose is to offer training in grant seeking and to provide low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Grantsmanship Training Program covers all aspects of researching grant opportunities, writing grant proposals and negotiating with funding sources.
Santa Monica College (SMC) Continuing & Community EducationThe “Professional Career Development” Course Series offers online classes for grant writing, becoming a grant consultant, and marketing your nonprofit. From the webpage, go to Courses -> Online Classes -> Professional Career Development.
TechsoupThe technology place for nonprofits. The “Techsoup Stock” page lists donated and discounted technology products for nonprofit organizations and public libraries.
UCLA Extension Certificate Program in Fund RaisingEndorsed by the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“As an affiliate of the Foundation Center, the Santa Monica Public Library maintains a core collection of directories of grants and foundations and provides access to Grants to Individuals Online, the Foundation Center electronic grantseekers’ database. Grants to Individuals Online is available only in the Main Library.
The Foundation Center’s “Getting Started for Individual Grantseekers” page includes advice and topical resource lists for individual grantseekers. The “Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship” provides a detailed look at the possibilities for individual grantseekers to affiliate with an organization or obtain a fiscal sponsor.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is “a guide to grants offered by every department of the federal government available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
FinAid, the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid: Includes a free searchable guide to student financial aid and scholarships, financial aid calculators, and links to financial aid forms.
FAFSA Free Application for Student Aid. Financial aid for students planning post-secondary education. Site includes FAFSA forms and information about important deadlines.
U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid. The starting point for information on federal student financial assistance, with annotated lists of resources. Includes information on preparing for higher education, choosing a school, applying for admission, types of funding, and repaying loans. Federal Student Aid, part of the
Department of Education. Concentrates on planning, selecting, and applying for financial aid.
Benefits.govIf you are need of personal financial assistance such as Social Security/Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid or State Social Services, you can find help here. The site is a partnership of government organizations working together to provide confidential, free, online benefit information.
Small Business Administration (SBA)Full service information on government loan and assistance programs, financing tutorials, and more. The SBA does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, though it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. There are some grants available to organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance.
SBDC – Small Business Development Center – Santa Monica CollegeThis program of the Small Business Administration offers group workshops on writing business plans, starting a small business, SBA Loans and business law.
Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC)Business services include Economic Development, a Capital Access Center, and an Entrepreneurship Center.