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Grants and Other Funding Sources

Including contracts, financial aid, and scholarships


Federal Government

Grant Writing


Scholarships & Financial Aid




The Foundation Center
Guide Star : Connecting People with Nonprofit Information
America's Charities
Education World - browse topics to Administrator's Desk and click on Grants Center.

Information Today, Inc. (2011). Annual Register of Grant Support. (44th ed). Chicago : National Register Publishing Co., Macmillan Directory Division. REF AS911 .A2 A67 2011

Provides information on grant making orgazanizations such as private foundations, corporate programs, and governmental agencies. Includes foundations' addresses, areas of interest, purpose, eligiblity and application information. Also lists special stipulations where they exist. Detailed introduction describes the various types of grant-awarding sources and a chapter on "Program Planning and Proposal Writng."

The Foundation Directory. ( 2006). New York: Russell Sage Foundation. REF AS911 .A2 F65 2006

Lists foundations meeting the financial criteria of at least $2 million in assets or $200,000 in annual giving. The main directory is arranged by state and foundation name. Part 2 lists foundations which make annual grants of at least $50,000.

 The Foundation Center is the main source for inforamtion on funding from private philanthropic sources. The Duluth Public Library is a regional center and has the most current sources.

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Federal Agencies

Federal Register
FirstGov.gov for Nonprofit

Federal Agencies (Examples of Individual Agency Web Sites)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants
National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Grants
National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants
ED.gov : Grants & Contracts (U.S. Department of Education)

Special Publications

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (GSA)
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. (2010). Washington, D.C. : Office of Management and Budget : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. REF HC110.P63 U53A 2010 Vol. 1-2

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Minnesota Grant Organizations

Giving in Minnesota (2010 - summary and download pdf available)
List of Minnesota Grantmakers
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Minnesota Council on Foundations 2011 Outlook Report
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota Community Foundations
Minnesota Grantmaker Rankings
Top 50 Minnesota Grantmakers by Grants Paid
Minnesota Common Grant Application Form (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

Guide to Minnesota grantmakers. (2007-2008). Minneapolis, MN : Minnesota Council on Foundations. REF HV98.M65 G84  2007/2008 (Ceased publication)

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. (2009). Minnesota grants directory. St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. REF HV98.M65 M66 2009

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. (2002). Minnesota nonprofit directory. (5th ed.). St. Paul, MN : The Council. REF HV98.M65 M663X 2002 (Ceased publication)

Minnesota State Agencies (General Searches)

State Register
Minnesota North Star - search for grants

Minnesota Agencies (Examples of Individual Agency Web Sites)

Minnesota Department of Educaton Grant Opportunities and Awards
Minnesota Department of Health Grant & Loan Information
Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Financial Assistance Opportuniites - Grants and Loans


Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN)
A database available to University of Minnesota faculty and staff with information about federal, nonfederal, and international funding opportunities. Choose SPIN or GENIUS SMARTS.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees
The College Blue Book : V. 5 Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans. (38th ed). New York: Macmillan Reference. REF LA26 .C685 2011 Vol. 1-6
School Grants - Grants and Opportunities for K-12 Schools
Federal Student Aid
Funding Education Beyond High School : the Guide to Federal Student Aid

Chronicle financial aid guide. (2008-2009). Moravia, NY : Chronicle Guidance Publications. REF LB2337.4 .C47 2008/2009

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Grant Writing

All About Grants Tutorials (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Business 101 : Writing a Business Grant Proposal (Online Business Degree)
CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assitance, Appendix VI: Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
EPA Grantwriting Tutorial (Purdue University, EPA)
Grant Proposal Writing Tips (Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal (S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University)
Minnesota Common Grant Application
Minnesota Council on Foundations Grantseeking Basics
National Network of Grantmakers Common Grant Application
Non-Profit Guides : Grant-Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organization
Proposal Writing Short Course (Foundation Center)
Proposal Budgeting Basics (Foundation Center)
Proposal Writer's Guide (Don Thackrey, University of Michigan)
Selected Proposal Writing Websites (University of Pittsburg, Office of Research)
Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

Brown, Larissa Golden. (2001). Demystifying grant seeking : what you really need to do to get grants. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass.

Olich, Donald C. (2002). Designing Successful Grant Proposals. Alexandria, Va. : Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The Foundation Center's guide to grantseeking on the Web. (2003). New York : Foundation Center. REF HV41.2 F68 2003

Geever, Jane C. (2004). The Foundation Center’s guide to proposal writing. (4th ed). New York : Foundation Center. HG177.5.U6 G44 2004 

Margolin, Judith B. (2005). The Foundation Center's guide to winning proposals II. New York : Foundation Center. REF HV41.9.U5 F673 2005

Hall, Mary S. (2003). Getting funded : the complete guide to writing grant proposals. (4th ed.). Portland, OR : Continuing Education Press, Portland State University. REF HG177.5.U6 H355 2003

Gajda, Rebecca. (2005). Getting the grant : how educators can write winning proposals and manage successful projects. Alexandria, Va Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development. LC243.A1 G35 2005

Reif-Lehrer, Liane. (2005). Grant Application Writer's Handbook. (4th ed). Sudbury : Mass Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc. 

Clarke, Cheryl. (2007). Grant proposal makeover : transform your request from no to yes. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass. HV41.2 .C525 2007

Margolin, Judith. (2008). The grantseeker’s guide to winning proposals. New York : Foundation Center. REF HV41.9.U5 M373 2008

Meador, Roy. (1985). Guidelines for preparing proposals : a manual on how to organize winning proposals for grants, venture capital, R & D projects, other proposals. Chelsea, Mich. : Lewis Publishers. REF HF5718.5 .M43 1985

New, Cheryl Carter. (2003). How to write a grant proposal. Hoboken, N.J. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bowman, Joel P. (1992). How to write proposals that produce. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press. REF HF5718.5 .B69 1992

Burke, Jim. (2000). I’ll grant you that : a step-by-step guide to finding funds, designing winning projects, and writing powerful grant proposals. Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann. HG177 .B868 2000 & CD-ROM HG177 .B868 2000 

Pugh, David G. (2005). Powerful proposals [electronic resource] : how to give your business the winning edge. New York : American Management Association. NETLIBRARY

Miner, Lynn E. (1998). Proposal planning and writing. (2nd ed.). Phoenix, Ariz : Oryx Press. REF HG177.5.U6 M56 1998

Locke, Lawrence F. (2007). Proposals that work : a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications. REF Q180.55.P7 L63 2007

Watson, Sara D. (2004). Webster's new world. Grant writing handbook. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley. REF HG177 .W37 2004

Carlson, Mim. (2002). Winning grants step by step : the complete workbook for planning, developing, writing, successful proposals. (2nd ed.). San Francisco : Jossey-Bass. HG177 .C374 2002 and Multimedia CD-ROM HG177 .C374 2002

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