How to Find Out About Funding

Remember, successful grantseeking requires you to make a match between the goals of your project and the funders' objectives. Read more information about this step in the Fit Funding Match.

Formal Ways to Find Funding

Library Resources

  • Published sources in printed directories
  • Online databases - Foundation Directory Online and Arizona Guide to Grants
  • Grantseeking Basics, a free workshop at the library, can help you take advantage of these free resources offered by the Library. Register Now!

On the Internet

It is important to note that only about 15% of grantmakers listed in the database Foundation Directory Online have web sites. Using search engines such as Google or Yahoo is not as efficient for finding funders as using the following resources:

Informal Ways to Find Funding

Some of the items listed below may serve as sources of information, brainstorming, and partnership, rather than as direct sources of funding.

  1. Word of mouth.
  2. Annual reports and newsletters of grantseeking nonprofits and groups in your field and in your geographic area.
  3. Formal presentations and informal conversation at professional associations, conferences, workshops, and meetings in your field.
  4. Internet communication in your field: newsgroups, blogs, listservs, forums, and discussion groups; Web sites of organizations in your field.
  5. Networking organizations in your field or in fundraising and grantsmanship.
  6. Local organizations and government agencies.
  7. Civic and fraternal organizations, clubs and associations in your community.
  8. General interest newspapers and magazines in your community to raise your awareness of local grantmakers and funding sources.

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