Grant Links + Additional Resources
Through this page, you can connect directly with some of the best resources available on the Internet for Arizona’s grants community. You can browse the entire “Great Grants Links” page, or click on the topic headings below to go directly to your area of interest.
“Great Grants Links” is a constant work-in-progress, as grants-related Internet sites appear, disappear, and change. We’d especially appreciate your help in keeping “Great Grants Links” as current, complete, and helpful as possible. If you discover a site that you think we should add, or if a site we’ve listed has changed or is no longer available, please let us know, via e-mail.
Table of Contents
Rather than provide original content or information, “gateway” sites serve primarily to link you to other sites that deal with grants-related topics — kind of like an index, that points you in the right direction.
Nonprofit Gateway – This site quickly and easily links you with the Web sites of any of 14 Federal departments. Its basic, no-frills index format can link you directly to a department’s home page, to special pages created for nonprofits, to the Government Information Locator Service (to search government publications from that department), or to an option that lets you do a keyword search on each department’s site. Visit the Federal department Websites! They’re helpful, information-rich, and generally easy to use. It’s the best way to keep on top of what’s going on – and what’s coming up — in the Federal departments of interest to your agency.
Pima County Public Library: Web Links for Grantseekers and Nonprofit Organizations – The opening page of this excellent site is, literally, an index of broad topic headings that people working on grant proposals might need to access. Each heading then links you to a list of other links about that topic. In addition to such headings directly related to grants as “Grant Proposal Examples,” “Grant Proposal Writing for Academics,” and “Grants to Individuals,” you’ll also find great resources for helping you develop statistical or research-based information in your proposals — everything from “Aging” and “Arts, Culture and Humanities” to “Volunteerism” and “Women & Girls.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy – The Chronicle of Philanthropy bills itself as “The Newspaper of the Nonprofit World.” The Chronicle has a reputation for presenting some of the most thoughtful, timely writing about the state of the philanthropic sector in our country today. The site shares a wide array of current news items, features, information tools and resources having to do with fund-raising, development and grantsmanship. Included are current development-area job listings, the current and back issues of the Chronicle in print, and links to other nonprofit-related resources.
NAU Cline Library: Grants, Foundations, and Scholarships – Grants, Foundations and Scholarships (http://www.nau.edu/library/reference/grants/html) Maintained by the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University, this site is targeted toward NAU staff and students. Even so, this is a good general “gateway” site with links to funding information resources and proposal writers’ resource guides. Of special interest: Annotated links to helpful sites for individual research grants and scholarship and internship opportunities for students in a wide variety of fields.
Technology Grants for Schools – This site offers a host of information about technology funding for schools and classrooms. Includes both government and private (corporate and foundation) sources.
Foundation Center – The Foundation Center is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. We help grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy.
These sites offer articles, tips, and advice on the process of effective grantseeking — from researching and developing relationships with potential funders, to building a solid program model, to creating and submitting the finished written proposal.
Proposal Works – Definitely worth a bookmark! Set up as a “one-stop resource center for proposal writers and evaluators.” Includes a fully searchable, indexed library of best practices, evalulation guidelines, and actual winning proposals. You can also subscribe to a free email newsletter, “Proposal Writing Tips and Techniques.”
Esthetics and Technicalities for Grant Writers – An interesting and useful collection of information by Elizabeth Brunner. You can browse advice and clear suggestions for letters of inquiry, full proposals, researching funders . . . and even a section entitled “Hundreds of Tips.”
Developing and Writing Federal Grant Proposals – Produced by the folks who bring you the Federal Catalog of Domestic Assistance. Offers a good overview of the key strategies for effective Federal grantsmanship.
A Proposal-Writing Short Course – From the Foundation Center, in two parts.
Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing – Excerpts from a book published by Oryx Press, by authors Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Miller.
10-Point Plan for Standard Grant Funding Proposals – Offered by LR Resources, this site includes a sample inquiry letter, private and public grant applications, budget, cover letter, and more.
GrantStation – Lots of information, features, tools and tips related to grantseeking — some free, some available to members only. Worth a look!
Writing a Successful Proposal – Part of an extensive and very helpful website maintained by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, this online “tutorial” walks you through the basics of what grantmakers look for in your proposals for funding.
Grants Glossary — Polaris – An alphabetical listing of hundreds of common (and not-so-common) grant-related words and phrases.
“Getting Your First Grant” – Targeted to first-year liberal arts faculty, this site offers down-to-earth, step-by-step guidance that can be helpful to anyone new to the grants process. What we especially like: The focus is on mission-driven planning and partnering, rather than chasing dollars and pumping out proposals. (Added 3/22/02)
Free Grants Tracking and Management Software – One of the questions that comes up most frequently when JGA is out and about is: “Where can I find a software program that will help me manage and track all my fundraising and grantseeking activity?” BasicFunder may very well fill the bill for most nonprofits looking for a no-frills system — and best of all, it doesn’t cost a dime! BasicFunder is a user-friendly, relational database that can hold an unlimited number of records so you can maintain all of your lists (donors, volunteers, grantmakers, applications pending, etc.) in one location. BasicFunder also provides you pre-set and customizable reports to analyze your fundraising activities. It can also quickly create your mailing list labels and, if required, issue acknowledgement letters and official tax receipts to donors. It costs nothing to download and use — its creators, Jellyware Corporation, earn their income through optional pay-as-you-go support services. Download, sample, and tutorial at: http://www.basicfunder.com.
A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing – A tutorial by Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Miner. These grant-seeking tips represent a condensed version of information presented in another Oryx publication, Proposal Planning and Writing, 2nd edition by Lynn E. Miner, Jeremy T. Miner, and Jerry Griffith (Oryx Press, 1998, 2nd edition).
Charity Channel – CharityChannel is a resource that connects you to your nonprofit colleagues across town, across the country, and around the world. Our Goal: To create a place where nonprofit professionals can connect, learn from each other, share information and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy.
Program + Project Planning
These sites offer a variety of tools and strategies to help you build a solid planning framework for your program or project funding proposals.
Strategic Planning Guidance – “Simply put, strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it’s going to get there and how it’ll know if it got there or not. Far more important than the strategic plan document, is the planning process itself. There are a variety of perspectives about strategic planning and a variety of approaches used in the strategic planning processes. This topic in the library provides an overview of many of those perspectives and approaches and also includes guidelines for the readers to carry out planning according to the nature and needs of their organization.”
U.S. Census Statistics, by City or Town – More than one person has said, “This is the coolest site I’ve ever seen!” If you ever need demographic data about your city or town to support your case in a grant proposal, check here first. Just fill in the city/town/state, and up pops a wealth of Census statistics (from 2003 if available; otherwise from 2000), all organized by topic, issue or population group.
nFocus Software – nFocus Software is the leading provider of tracking and outcome measurement solutions for the public sector. Our products TraxSolutions, provide web-based tracking that allow you to manage every aspect of your program and evaluate its effectiveness. With TraxSolutions, you can transform raw information into real results. You will be able to demonstrate accountability, measure outcomes, cultivate relationships, increase your revenue.
The free sites in this category are great for digging up additional information about a grantmaker in which you’re interested. The by-subscription or pay-as-you-go sites can also help you find potential funders in the first place. Just be aware that a grantmaker database with a national scope may not give you the best return for your investment if your program is local or regional only.
GrantSmart – FREE. “Informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community.” The core is the database of information on private foundations that can be searched by name, location or assets. From the search results, you can download a foundation’s most recent PF-990 (Federal tax filing) for more information about who they are and what they fund. Most helpful if you already have the name of a foundation and want to find out more about it.
GuideStar: The Donor’s Guide to the Charitable Universe – FREE. GuideStar offers a database of more than 700,000 U.S. nonprofit organizations, which includes some 60,000 private foundations. Useful for finding potential partners, as you can do a search by keyword (for instance, “literacy”) and state (AZ), as well as other factors. If you’re looking for information on a specific funder, you can find basic address and financials here, then link to downloadable PF-990s (Federal tax filings) for more detail.
The Foundation Center – “Your gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web.” You can use the FREE Foundation Finder to search by name for basic contact and financial information on more than 10,000 largest foundations. Or for about $20 a month you can subscribe to Foundation Center Online, which gives access to the complete searchable foundation database. The site offers lots of other valuable information features at no cost.
The Grantsmanship Center – Key feature: The daily posting of new grant announcements from the Federal Register. The site primarily provides information about The Grantsmanship Center’s own products and services. It also links to key sites for Federal and state governments, community foundations and international funders.
GrantSelect – A private, for-profit publication from Oryx Press, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of a database containing more than 10,000 funding opportunities.
GrantScape Online – You can subscribe to GrantScape’s funder database. The larger “Nonprofit Universe” of which this site is a part also offers a nice assortment of tools for nonprofits.
Foundation Finder – A free, searchable “look-up” tool providing contact information and basic fiscal profiles for 65,000 U.S. private and community foundations. You have to search using all or part of the foundation’s name — so this is good only if you already have a specific foundation in mind and simply need to find out how to reach them or what their most recent top-level financials look like.
Association of Small Foundations – Offers help in researching many of the nation’s smaller foundations.
GrantsNet – GrantsNet is a searchable, continously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students. You need to register to use the site, but there is no charge.
Current Foundation RFPs – FREE. Philanthropy News Digest Foundation Center provides a list of current foundation RFPs by category (arts, education, etc.).
Don Griesmann’s Grant Opportunities – Don Griesmann’s Grant Opportunities is a weekly subscription feature founded and edited by Don Griesmann, Esq., and published by CharityChannel LLC. It is available here, directly on the CharityChannel website, and/or via email delivery. As its title implies, Don scours the Internet for new grant opportunities that you might not learn of from any other source in such a timely manner. Headlines, brief descriptions of articles, and links to articles are compiled by Don.
Piper Trust – New Online Grant Summary Form – The Piper Trust’s grant request process just got easier, thanks to a new online grant summary form that allows nonprofits to complete and save the form, attach the two-page letter of inquiry and submit materials electronically. Located in the How to Apply section of the Trust’s Web site, the grant request process is more clearly defined and provides tips to guide nonprofits through the process. Nonprofits can create an account with a secure password to store submitted requests or applications in progress.
Funding Alert Services
When you sign up for a funding alert service, you let the service know what kinds of funding you’re interested in. Then, when an opportunity comes open in your area of interest, you receive an e-mail announcement. Some are free; others are fee-based. None have been reviewed by JUST GRANTS! Arizona.
University of Massachusetts – This link will take you to a listing of a variety of funding alert services that keep you apprised of various funding opportunities. This website, maintained by the University of Massachusetts provides a listing of government agencies as well as the old favorites, The Foundation Center and Grants Net. With interactive links, you can click and sign up to receive these free alerts!
Comprehensive List of Free Grants Email Alerts – The University of Massachusetts maintains this comprehensive listing of funding alert services that you can subscribe to for free. As an example, we already subscribe to the Foundation Center’s weekly email alert service. Most email services are complimentary and you can join and leave these services at anytime.
Federal Grants Resources
Key sites for keeping on top of — and keeping track of — the constantly-changing Federal grants environment.
Federal Register Online – The Federal Register is the official daily publication for “Rules,” “Proposed Rules,” and “Notices” of Federal agencies and organizations — including “Notices of Funding Availability.” Checking the Federal Register regularly (at least weekly is optimum) is by far the best way to stay on top of Federal funding opportunities as they open up. And with the Federal Register Online, what used to be a tedious task requiring hours of paging through the voluminous paper document now can be taken care of in literally seconds. You can easily search by date range or by key word to produce lists, summaries, and full text of Federal Register articles in your area of interest. Many “Notices of Funding Availability” (that is, grant opportunities) also include complete application instructions, forms, and attachments.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) – The CFDA is the government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by the Federal government, and is the best way to identify potential Federal funding sources before the funding opportunities are announced in the Federal Register. The “Search the Catalog” feature lets you zero in on the assistance programs in your specific area of interest.
Nonprofit Gateway (to Federal Agencies) – This site quickly and easily links you with the Web sites of any of 14 Federal departments. Its basic, no-frills index format can link you directly to a department’s home page, to special pages created for nonprofits, to the Government Information Locator Service (to search government publications from that department), or to an option that lets you do a keyword search on each department’s site. Visit the Federal department Websites! They’re helpful, information-rich, and generally easy to use. It’s the best way to keep on top of what’s going on – and what’s coming up — in the Federal departments of interest to your agency.
Grants In Today’s Federal Register – FREE. Introduced by The Grantsmanship Center in early 2003, this site presents a daily list of Federal funding opportunities announced through the Federal Register, with links to the complete FR text. You can also check archived announcements by date. NOTE: Daily listings are updated at around noon each day; if you log in before noon you may receive a message that no listings are available.
Search Federal Grant Synopses – FREE. Since October 2003, all Federal agencies have been required to post their grant notices online. This link will take you to an easy-to-use search page that lets you search across all Federal grant programs, in all Federal agencies and departments, by your area(s) of interest.
Email Notices of Federal Grant Opportunities – FREE. Sign up to receive free email grants announcements from the Federal Grants Opportunities (FGO) site. After subscribing, you will receive announcements of both new grants and modifications of existing grant announcements. You sign up by your area of interest.
How to Successfully Complete the Grants.gov Registration Process – Webcast – The National Grants Partnership in conjunction with the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office sponsored a free training and webcast designed to demystify the process, give direction and overcome barriers to the Grants.Gov registration process. Just click on the link View the Taped Training to begin the webcast.
Right now, the State of Arizona does not have a single Website through which you can link to information about all Arizona-sponsored grants programs. The sites below will get you a little closer to the information you’re seeking.
State of Arizona – Offers access to information about every imaginable aspect of Arizona government. Also includes a link to Census 2000 Arizona.
Arizona State Legislature – A must for active advocates or anyone with a vested interest in learning about Arizona’s legislative process and tracking legislative activity. (And that should be everyone.)
Arizona Legislative Information Service – A “dynamic” site that allows you to enter information about the legislation you’re interested in following. You can then generate reports on the progress and status of the legislation you’re tracking.
Arizona State Contracts, Grants and Solicitations – Many contracts and grants available from State agencies are administered through the State Procurement Office. To be eligible — and to receive advance notices of State of Arizona grants and funding opportunities — you must be registered with the State Procurement Office through its SPIRIT eProcurement system. At this site, you can register for eSPIRIT; you can also see what contract offerings and solicitations are currently open, and how to apply.
Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith and Families – This is a terrific site managed by the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. When you first click through the link you’ll find two choices for further links: “Request for Grant Applications,” and the “Logic Model” framework used by the State of Arizona. Under “Request for Grant Applications” you’ll find an informative brochure outlining all of the Office’s major grantmaking programs; helpful guidelines for registering with the State of Arizona as a prospective vendor (required in order to apply for grant funding); and links to current RFPs, as well as more programmatic information about the various divisions. Helpful hints: Register early as a vendor, as the process can take some time. Also, initiate conversations ASAP with the division heads about your areas of funding interest. Many grant-funded programs have been developed over a period of many months, even a year or more, before the grant application was even submitted.
Odds + Ends
Check here if you didn’t find what you were looking for under one of our other “Great Grants Links” categories!
Starting a Nonprofit Organization – A comprehensive resource on the ins and outs of starting up a new nonprofit organization.
Contributions Magazine’s How-to Library – Check out their archives for all kinds of good information for nonprofits. They have some especially helpful information on strengthening your board.
Salary, Pay and Compensation for Grant Professionals – One of the most frequently asked questions around JUST GRANTS! Arizona is, “How much should we pay . . .?” The question comes up when an organization is hiring grant proposal writers and fundraising directors. It also comes up in trying to assign salary values to jobs included in grant proposals. The very best resource I’ve ever found for all salary- and compensation-related questions is www.salary.com. It’s all free. You can search by broad job category (Nonprofit), search for specific titles within that category (Fundraising Director, Grant Proposal Writer), and narrow it down by geographic area (Tucson). It will generate complete job descriptions and give you a variety of compensation reports. As of July 2003, for instance, the “Basic Salary Report” for a Tucson-based grant proposal writer reads: “A typical grants/proposal writer working in Tucson, AZ, earns a median base salary of $36,188 . . . Half of the people in this job earn between $33,055 and $40,625.” An additional “Job Compensation Report” covers benefits, bonuses and raises.
Stay Exempt – Tax Basics for 501(c)(3)s – Obtaining and maintaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is crucial to the success of many organizations. This IRS website of online training provides the tools and knowledge to help you keep your organization’s exempt status intact. It consists of five interactive courses, which you can take individually and in any order.
City and Local Government
A growing list of links to information, technical assistance and grant opportunities available through Arizona municipal and county agencies.
City of Phoenix Grant and Funding Opportunities – Nonprofit and community groups interested in applying for grant funding from City of Phoenix sources can tap into this site to make the search much easier. In 2000, the City of Phoenix awarded $6 million in funding to nonprofit and community organizations. The Phoenix Grants Website includes a complete listing of current grant and funding sources administered by the City. Categories include: Arts; community development; historic preservation; housing; human services; parks; public safety; small business; and youth.
Just for Fun:
Yes, grantsmanship can be fun . . . and these links prove it. Check here for the lighter side of the important work of grantsmanship.
Jargon Files – Tony Proscio’s book In Other Words (2000) is dedicated to ridding the world of jargon, in all its forms and formats. Now, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has extracted from his book those jargon terms that show up most often in the grants arena and posted them at the Foundation’s website, under the provocative heading “The Jargon Files.” A light-hearted site, with a powerful message for anyone interested in writing clearly, concisely and compellingly.
Partnership and Collaboration:
Sites with resources, information and guidance in creating and maintaining collaborative efforts in your community.
Coming Together: Building Community Collaboration and Consensus – Contains extensive information on collaboration and public participation with an emphasis on youth participation. This site is divided into informational sections and pages with links to additional information. Especially helpful section (and additional links) related to “assets” and “resiliency.”
Grants and Scholarships for Individuals:
AZ Impact for Good doesn’t “do” grants and scholarships to individuals for educational purposes — but we do get lots of questions about them! Here are some links to online resources that may help you find the individual scholarship or grant you’re looking for.
College Scholarship Search – Unreviewed. Promises to offer a free college scholarship search of more than 600,000 awards totaling more than $1.6 billion.
FastWEB – FastWEB is an online scholarship search, with 600,000 scholarships representing over one billion in scholarship dollars. It provides students with accurate, regularly updated information on scholarships, grants, and fellowships suited to their goals and qualifications, all at no cost to the student. Students should be advised that FastWEB does collect and sell student information (such as name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, gender, and country of citizenship) collected through their site.
Benefits for Individuals – Provides individuals free, confidential help to find government benefits they may be eligible to receive.
– Offers a variety of federal student financial aid programs, including Pell grants, Campus-Based programs, Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants, Work Study, Stafford, PLUS and Perkins loans
Background Checks Guide to Social Security Benefits – provides a clear overview of benefits available and where to find additional information
Resources available that provide financial assistance to business enterprises.
Federal Resources for Businesses – Firstgov.gov presents a page full of links to Federal resources for businesses, including information on technical assistance, loans and grant opportunities.
Arizona Department of Commerce – An all-in-one page with links to a variety of support services and technical assistance resources for starting, expanding or maintaining a small business.
These links provide specific grants-related information for schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.
SchoolGrants – SchoolGrants shares grant information with educators pre-K through 12th grade. The site provides online resources and a variety of opportunities available to public and private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools and districts. It also provides examples of successful grant proposals.
Education Week – This online bulletin highlights education issues and topics, including grant updates. Access the grants by clicking on “Teacher Magazine” at the top of the home page. You’ll see a link for grants on the right side.
National Education Association – The National Education Association is committed to advancing the cause of public education. This site provides information on education-related grants, among other topics. To locate grant and funding information, type “grants” or “funding” in the search box in the top right corner.
Public Education Network – Public Education Network is committed to providing quality public education for all children. This website includes information on education grants. An email newsletter is available at www.publiceducaiton.org/subscribe.
U.S. Department of Education – The U.S. Department of Education website provides information about available grants, as well as a host of other information topics for teachers, educators and administrators.
Federal Education Grants Calendar – This site provides a calendar of the upcoming discretionary grants available through the U.S. Department of Education.
Arizona Department of Education Grant Opportunities – This site offers grant opportunities available through the Arizona Department of Education. These are typically districtwide or schoolwide initiatives.
After School Funding – Looking for funding for your after-school program? This site offers searchable databases that focus in this area — most grants listed are from Federal agencies.
Classroom Teacher Grant Opportunities – A favorite for grant opportunities specifically geared toward teacher and classroom-level projects.
Professional membership associations for Nonprofits, Grants and Fund-Raising Professionsals
American Association of Grants Professionals – AAGP is the first organization focused solely on the advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners. Sign up for membership and become part of a network of more than 1,200 grants professionals nationally.