The information within this section is designed to assist you with searching for grant opportunities and writing grants that are more likely to be funded. If you need further assistance or have any questions about grant writing or the materials resourced here, please contact the Center at 419.241.9513.
The Center hosts the Greater Toledo Area Grant Writers Network group for anyone finding themselves writing grants for their organization. This is an opportunity to network, talk about possible collaborations and discuss what's working and what's not working in the grant world. This group meets every other month and you can view upcoming meeting dates and details by visiting the calendar on our homepage or The Greater Toledo Grant Writers Network page here.
The best grant finding resource in the area is at Main Library in downtown Toledo. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library hosts a large database of grant opportunities through the Foundation Directory Online. Contact Linda Koss in Business and Technology to set up an appointment to use the database at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will get you started on your search. And bring a flash drive along to save your searches for later use.
Grant Writing Resources
Tools for Grant Writers
For Online Grant Proposal Key Word Optimization - Funders are putting grant applications online and are utilizing software to detect keywords in your proposal. Grants that do not have the keywords they are seeking, will not be put forward for further review. Maximize your funding chances by better understanding Search Engine Optimization/Keyword Optimization.
Grant Funding Resources
Accredited Schools Online.org - Provides resources and advice for schools and teachers on grants for education and school fundraising opportunities. Also useful for educational programming at nonprofits.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – Listing of all federal aid and funding. Updated twice a year.
Federal Register – Listing of federal regulations and grant announcements, updated daily.
Firstgov for Nonprofits – Information on federal assistance available to nonprofits, links to legal information, laws on fundraising and outreach, links to federal agency websites that provide grants to nonprofits.
Fundsnet – List of Foundation websites by subject.
Governor's Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives – Funding and training available to faith-based and community-based group in Ohio.
Grants.gov – Recently announced grant opportunities.
Internet Prospector – Information on all aspects of nonprofit funding research.
Join Together – Created by Join Together, an organization dealing with substance abuse. See their resources area for funding opportunities.
National Endowment for the Arts – Federal grants in the fine arts.
Ohio Arts Council – Outlines their funding programs in the state for both individual and organizations.
Ohio State Auditor’s Website – Gateway to Grantsource, an online publication of state and federal grants offering links to useful grant sites.
Philanthropy News Network Online – Listing of news on the nonprofit sector, including gifts and grants. Announcements are found by clicking "general fundraising".
School Grants – Grant opportunities, grant writing tips and sample proposals for schools K-12.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – Provides a full listing of all federal programs available to State and local governments, federally recognized Indian-tribal governments, Territories of the United States, domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions, specialized groups, and individuals.
The Foundation Center – Provides resources for connecting nonprofits and grant makers.
Non-grant Sources of Funds
Many nonprofits are familiar with the grantseeking process but at times a loan from a financial institution is the wiser step. A loan provides cash for many needs including evening out cash flow, taking advantage of an opportunity to expand, capital purchases, consolidating debt or even starting up your nonprofit business. This article entitled Using Loans: A 101 Guide to Borrowing for Nonprofit Organizations by The Nonprofit Assistance Fund appeared in The Nonprofit Quarterly and offers some sound advice for nonprofit loan seekers.