Best Web Sites to Find Grants Outside of The Arts

This list was posted on Don Griesmann Nonprofit Blog on 7/12, 2011

How can the arts grow outside into other sectors and strands of society?  One way is by finding new sources of funding from new sectors outside of the arts who can appreciate and understand the value we can bring to other subject matter.

The parameters for inclusion on this list of databases was:
  • no fees
  • open to all
  • meaningful list
  • broadly based
  • user friendly
  • timely


The Foundation Center has an excellent Guide to Funding Research for grantseekers that should be read by everyone, staff, consultant, volunteer or board member, starting out for the first or 30th time searching for grants – According to the Foundation Center there were over $7.6 billion in grants given to 15,675 international recipients in 42,169 foundation grants.

    1. · is an excellent source for timely notice of federal grants, sorted by opening or closing date over the past 7 days. It includes domestic and international grants. I suggest this should be a “favorite” if you are interested in federal grants because it changes regularly
    2. ·  Federal Grants Wire, a useful search tool for finding federal grants, government grants and loans. They currently index 2,481 federal grants and loans organized by sponsoring agency, applicant type, subject area
    3. ·  Federal Business Opportunities (Fed Biz Ops) with 25,000 – 32,000 contract opportunities, some for nonprofits. This is not an easy site to navigate but if you are looking for business contracts rather than grants this where you can start
    4. ·, detailed listing of grants and good information for grant seekers; review the categories listed on the left hand side.
    5. ·  Jon Harrison and Michigan State University have a comprehensive list of funders alphabetized by subject
    6. ·  Youth Grants for NPOs working  in that service area
    7. ·  Rural Assistance Center has an excellent directory of foundations with funding links by topics, and links to state resources
    8. ·  Common Grants material has a list of foundations that accept their universal grant application form. The list of foundations is in alphabetical order and is searchable by location, program type and beneficiary
    9. ·  Meyer Foundation’s list about funding opportunities, outside Meyer, includes information on ways to strengthen nonprofit organizations, research about people and communities that Meyer cares about, and useful links for nonprofits and grantmakers
    10. ·  FundsNet has excellent information about grants and you can browse through categories of grants from Animal & Wildlife Grants to Women Grants
    11. ·  Women’s Funding Network connects and strengthens more than 160 organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe
    12. ·  Grant Makers in Health has partners listed and linked alphabetically –
    13. ·  Environmental Grantmaker Association has an alphabetical list and links –
    14. ·  Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation funders are listed at the University of Wisconsin grants’ library
    15. ·  California Polytechnic State University, listed by subject in alphabetical order –
    16. ·  Foundation Center has a list of the 100 largest U.S. grantmaking foundations ranked by the market value of their assets, based on the most current audited financial data in the Foundation Center’s database as of April 27, 2011.
    17. · features links by key words and by work projects including building campaigns, program support, outreach ministries and more
    18. ·  National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) features a catalog of donated merchandise for supplies
    19. ·  A reader suggested – ScanGrants™ is designed to facilitate the search for funding sources to enhance individual and community health – medical researchers, social workers, nurses, students, community-based health educators, academics and others
      For international grants:
      1. Canada’s CharityVillage has a section with a list of grantors in alphabetical order, searchable by categories
      2. Canada funders can be found on FundsNet
      3. Nobel Peace Prize has a list of international foundations
      4. Grants from foundations aimed at United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other international funders at Fundsnet
      5. Jon Harrison’s list of Women in International Development, a compilation of web pages of potential interest to NGOs seeking funding opportunities related to women in international development-
      6. The International Human Rights Funders Group has a grants tool designed to enable both grantmakers and grantseekers to search for human rights funders by several key criteria: areas of rights funding, activities supported and geographic focus at
      7. Grant Makers without Borders does not provide grants but does have an excellent directory of foundations and other organizations interested in international grantmaking
      8. LGBTQ Funders Directory provides information on funders of organizations and projects working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. All of the groups included in the directory have provided financial support, of varying types, to LGBTQ programs.
      9. features international opportunities with links by key words and by work projects including building campaigns, program support, outreach ministries and more
      10. Grantmakers, an interactive database of world-wide funders, in Beta form, and a little clumsy but highly useful,
      For other international listing see the companion piece, below, about free e-newsletters that provides timely notice of grant opportunities –

      Through the Looking-Glass for International Grant Opportunities
      For e-newsletters about grants, see

      How to Find Grant Opportunities
      Are you sure your organization is ready to receive and appropriately account for the assistance from a grant? Before you say “Yes”, please read this

      One Phase of Nonprofit Organizational Readiness for Grant Funding – Recordkeeping
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