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Grant Resources

The Monroe County Library System provides wide support to grantseekers, from free classes and workshops, online search services, and facilities for individual electronic research. The MCLS maintains free public access to grantmaker directories as well as books on fundraising, proposal writing, and nonprofit management.

Foundation Center 

The Grants Resource Center at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is the MCLS’ partner library for the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. The following online Foundation Center databases are available for use in the Central Library:

  • Foundation Directory: Searchable profiles of all active U.S. foundations and recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals: Access 6,100 programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.
  • Foundation Maps: an interactive mapping and charting tool for grantmakers and recipients.

Group classes and or individual appointments are offered regularly in the computer training lab in the Central Library for those new to the Foundation Center and funding research. To schedule an appointment or find out when an upcoming class is call 585-428-8130. 


Resources for Grantseekers GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits. is a central storehouse for information on thousands of grant programs; by registering on this site, your organization can apply for grants from federal grant-making agencies. Guidestar is a searchable database of over 600,000 charities and nonprofits. The Community Foundation is the Rochester region’s largest grant maker; the site provides program eligibility criteria, application procedures, and contacts.

Seeking funding can be a difficult, labor-intensive process. Sources for possible assistance for the novice grant writer are available from New York Council of Nonprofits, the Foundation Center and the Grassroots Institute.

Library staff can help you start your grant search by suggesting appropriate resources and assisting with database training. Staff cannot recommend specific funders, write grants or review funding proposals. To ask a question or register for a training class, call (585) 428-8130.