Foundation grants are generally awarded to nonprofit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, health care centers, Native American tribal organizations, and other nonprofit community based organizations.
Foundation grants come from either private foundations or public foundations, operating foundations and non-operating foundations. Private foundations get their money from a single source, such as an individual, family or corporation. Public foundations get their money from the general public, as well as from foundation and corporate grants. Operating foundations provide foundation grants to operate their organization and support their own mission. Non-operating foundations give their grants to a variety of other eligible nonprofit organizations to support their mission. There are numerous information resources available to learn about foundation grants, including a list of 115 resources you can access as a member of the USGG Technology Grants Community. There is no cost for membership.
A great deal of information about foundation grants is offered for free through Guidestar and The Foundation Center. The Foundation Directory Online and Big Online are subscription services but may be available for free at your local library. The National Network of Grantmakers publishes a book annually and all foundations listed in the directory accept one common grant application to apply for foundation grants. Many State Foundation Directories are also available for a fee.
Guidestar publishes the IRS 990 forms for all nonprofit organizations in the United States and has records available since 2002 to review for free. Guidestar only requires that you log in with an e-mail address and password so that they know who is using their site. Demonstrations on how to use the Guidestar website and Foundation Directory Online for identifying new funding prospects for foundation grants is provided in all USGG grant writing workshops.
USGG offers two-day grant writing workshops called Win More Grants Certificate course in four to six cities each year as requested by our sponsors. To sponsor a workshop in your community to learn how to find, write and win foundation grants contact us.
In a lively, energetic, and enthusiastic style, we provide a road map for success in writing proposals for all types of grants, including corporate grants, foundation grants, and federal grants. Whether you are a beginning grant writer or a seasoned professional, you’ll learn how to create better grant proposals in a simple step-by-step process. Our Win More Grants Certificate Course workshops feature actual grant writing practice, as well as team activities, and immediate feedback. Students have the opportunity to work on their own grant proposals throughout the two days and receive recommendations for improvement. Professional presentation handouts are provided along with a workbook full of samples of award-winning grant proposals for federal grants, foundation grants and corporate grants.