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    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 Foundation
    Strengthen 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 Website
    The 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.
    You can find and apply online for federal government grants. There are over 1,000 programs offered by all 26 federal grant making agencies. is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    RFP’s on Philanthropy News Digest
    Service of the Foundation Center, lists current requests for proposals.


    Introduction to Finding Grants Class*

    * Note: The classes are usually offered quarterly.  For more information, please contact the Reference department (310-434-2608) or click here to see our current schedule of computer classes.

    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. Note: Foundation Center databases are only available in the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd.)

    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.

    For more information, please contact Patty Sophos at 310-458-8631 Ext. 1, or via email at   


    Charity Navigator
    Helps 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. 

    Searchable 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.
    Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau.  Find background and financial information on dozens of "nationally soliciting charitable organizations."

    Registry of Charitable Trusts
    From 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 78
    Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Provides only name of organization, city, state and country.

    Professional Organizations and Training

    Center for Nonprofit Management
    Located 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 Center
    This 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 Education
    The “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.

    The 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 Raising
    Endorsed by the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    For Individuals

    Foundations & Government Grants 

    “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.

    Fellowships, Scholarships & Financial Aid

    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.

    Government Benefits
    If 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 Loans

    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.

    Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC)
    Business services include Economic Development, a Capital Access Center, and an Entrepreneurship Center.

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