Foundation Center & Grants

Queens Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center . As a cooperating collection, we provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications, databases, supplementary materials, and services that are useful to people who are seeking grants for nonprofit organizations or for themselves.

The basic reference titles include Foundation Grants to Individuals, The Foundation Directory, and the National Guides to Funding in . . . series. These books are located in the Foundation Center bookcase adjacent to the Social Sciences Reference Desk at the Central Library.

There are two databases available for use in the Library: Foundation Grants to Individuals, which contains more than 6,200 foundations and public charities that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers; and Foundation Center Online Professional, which is geared toward the grant seeker in search of funding for their nonprofit organization.

In addition to the Foundation Center’s own website, there are other useful Internet sources for researching grants and nonprofit organizations. Some of these sites are listed below.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

This is a complete listing of federal grant programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the public. It includes summary program descriptions and is searchable by keyword.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Provides a calendar of classes and seminars offered to enhance management skills for those working in nonprofit organizations; information about their consulting services and short term loan program are also given.

Charity Navigator

Evaluates the financial health and efficiency of American charities and provides ratings to guide donors. Collects statistics and ranks charities according to different criteria.

Council on Foundations

Contains information for grant making foundations and corporations. Provides resources to help grant makers set up and administer effective giving programs.

Federal Register

A publication of proposed rules and regulations, grant announcements, and notices from Federal agencies. This database is searchable from 1995 to present.


The Federal Government's one-stop shop for grants-related information now provides a service that will notify you electronically when new government grants are announced in the Federal Register. For details, click on the "Find Grant Opportunities" tab.

Grantsmanship Center

Contains a complete list of training seminars on proposal writing and strategic fund-raising offered across the U.S. It also provides links to nonprofit resources for accounting, finance, legal resources, online fund-raising, research, newsgroups, and employment.


Lists over 20,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 140 countries, which can be searched by name, location, or mission. Also includes job and internship listings and a directory of products and services to nonprofit organizations.

National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)

Provides chapter and event information, general fund raising news, and a consultant's directory.

New York Council for the Humanities

Devoted to ensuring the presence of the humanities in the state's cultural and intellectual life and to guaranteeing the future of the humanities.

Nonprofit Gateway

A starting point to help nonprofit organizations access online Federal information and services. Linked to all Cabinet departments and many agencies, it contains information about grants, regulations, taxes and other services.

Philanthropy.org (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Provides news summaries of its top stories, a few full text articles, announcement of conferences, application deadlines and job opportunities in the nonprofit community.

PubHub: A Repository of Foundation: Sponsored Reports

A one-stop shopping site for Foundation-sponsored reports. Reports issued or sponsored by foundations contain a wealth of information on practices, policies, and issues relating to philanthropy and the public good. To tap into these documents with the greatest efficiency, try the Foundation Center's PubHub.