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Rockville Public Library maintains a core collection of continuously updated print and electronic materials that address the specific grant seeking needs of local nonprofit, grassroots and faith-based organizations. The Library is part of the New York based Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection network. The Center’s mission is to foster public understanding of institutional philanthropy by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects through a core collection of Center materials and databases.
The Library offers workshops to meet the needs of nonprofit managers, staff, board members and other key personnel. We provide tools; resources and information that will help non-profit organizations receive information free of charge on grantmakers and how to apply for grants.

Contact: Sharon Redfern, Head of Circulation, Technology & Grants  860-871-4960

Online Resources:

Foundation Center Databases:

The Library provides free unlimited access to The Foundation Directory Online Professional. This online  database — nearly 80,000 funders in all —offers extensive program details for 1,500+ leading foundations;  detailed application guidelines for 7,200+ foundations; and sponsoring company information for corporate  givers. This service also includes a searchable file of more than half a million grants. The Trustees,  Officers, and Donors search field and its corresponding index allow users to search among over 350,000 trustee , officer and donor names. In-Library Use Only

Foundation Grants to Individuals: This online database has detailed descriptions of more  than 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.  This unique online database —the only one devoted exclusively to the needs of individuals— is convenient and easy to use! Within seconds you can generate your own list of prospective funders. In-Library Use Only

Philanthropy In/Sight:  This is an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, advisors, policymakers, researchers, academics. It combines the Foundation Center's rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, you can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, you can overlay grant data with your choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. In- Library Use Only


GrantSpace-A service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers

Grants.Gov- The source to find and apply for Federal Grants

Grantionary- a glossary of terms related to grants and funding ( education oriented)

Grants Professionals Association-The Grant Professionals Association (GPA)a nonprofit membership association, builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. Membership dues required.

Philanthropy Journal- News and resources for non-profits.

Pro Bono Partnership- provides pro bono business legal services to non-profits as well as workshops and publications.


After the Grant: The Nonprofit's Guide to Good Stewardship (2010)
America's Nonprofit Sector (2012)
Board Member's Book (2003)
The Foundation Directory (2012)
The Foundation Directory, Part 2 (2012)
The Foundation Directory Supplement (2012)
Foundation Fundamentals (2008)
Foundation Grants to Individuals (2012)
Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2012)
Foundations and Public Policy (2009)
The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals (2008)
Guía para escribir propuestas (2008)
Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2012)
Guide to Proposal Writing (2012)
Key Facts on Social Justice Grantmaking (2012)
National Directory of Corporate Giving (2011)
Securing Your Organization's Future (2001)
The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance (2009)



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