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Grants Resource Center

Grants Resource Center 

of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
4th floor, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building
(585) 428-8130 Hours  


The Grants Resource Center is a partner of the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center. As a partner of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Grants Resource Center provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight. These fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders, and interactive mapping tools.  


Free Grantseeking Training Classes for Nonprofits   

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization and new to funding research?  

Learn how the resources of the Grants Resource Center at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County can help you become a more effective grantseeker!  Small group classes are offered once a month in the computer training lab in the Bausch and Lomb Public Library building.  For information about upcoming classes and to register, call 585-428-8130.    



Online Resources 

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These databases are available at the Central Library:

  • Foundation Directory Online is a fully searchable database that includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders. (Available in house only)
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is a database of more than 6,100 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.
  •  Foundation Maps an interactive mapping tool which will display grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data using maps, charts and lists.   

 Researching Grants

  • Use this Guide to Finding Grants as a starting point for grants research. 
  • Congressional Research Service has prepared this Guide to grants and federal domestic assistance for their constituents. 
  • The Foundation Center has developed a list of favorite web sites for fundraising and nonprofit management topics.


Selected Websites for Grantseekers:   

Foundation Center
This comprehensive site describes itself as a gateway to philanthropy. Among its many features are helpful FAQS, free tutorials and webinars, access to 990’s, contact information for foundations, and an online reference service. 

GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. 

  Kirsten Gilibrand's Grant Central:
  Selected Guidebooks on various grant opportunities arranged by topic.
is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. By registering on this site, your organization can apply for grants from the 26 federal grant-making agencies. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A government wide compendium of federal programs, projects, services and activities that provide assistance and or benefits to the American public.

Rochester Area Community Foundation:
This site for the largest grant maker in the Rochester area includes the eligibility criteria, application procedure, and contact person for each grant opportunity listed. 


Help from Organizations   

Seeking funding can be a difficult, labor-intensive process. Assistance for the novice grant writer is available from these nonprofit organizations:

 To find out about other grantseeking training that may be available, call the Central Library's Business and Social Sciences Division at (585) 428-8130, use the Ask a Librarian e-reference service, or look at the notebook of grantwriting classes in the Grants Resource Center at the Central Library.

Library Help   

Library staff can help patrons start their grant searches by suggesting appropriate resources and by providing instruction on how to use them. Staff cannot recommend specific funders or write proposals. To ask a question or register for a training class, call (585) 428-8130.

Come In for a Whole Lot More! Complete Access available in the Business and Social Sciences Division 




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