• Nonprofit Grants Information Center

    A Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, the Nonprofit Grants Information Center, housed at our East Shore Area Library, provides free, local, public access to Foundation Directory Online Professional (grants available to nonprofit organizations), Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (educational scholarships, research grants, etc.), and Foundation Maps (an interactive mapping tool for grantmakers, policymakers, and researchers). Access to the databases is available on a dedicated computer, as well as all the public computers within the library. An accompanying print collection is available for use by nonprofits and individuals, and yearly workshops are held on topics such as grant-seeking basics, proposal writing, how to approach a foundation, and nonprofit fundraising.

    GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.
    GrantSpace will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to get grants, manage your nonprofit GrantSpace will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to get grants, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community. Grantspace.org

    Click here if you have questions or would like to be contacted about future workshops, training opportunities or Grants Center updates.


    Grants Center Workshops

    Introduction to Proposal Writing

    East Shore Area Library
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Click here to register.

    Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

    • The basic elements of a proposal
    • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
    • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
    • An optional 30 minute exercise will be provided after class for developing a proposal outline.

    Introduction to Project Budgets (formerly Proposal Budgeting Basics)

    Webinar and Discussion
    East Shore Area Library
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Click here to register.

    Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!

    This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. We will discuss:

    • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
    • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
    • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

    NOTE: Attending the morning session, “Introduction to Proposal Writing”, before attending the “Introduction to Project Budgets” webinar, is strongly recommended.


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