This page contains information on current grant opportunities and scholarships (local, regional, and national), tips for writing grant proposals, and valuable online resources for grants research. We have also included links to online fundraising opportunities and major foundations that support afterschool programming.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
deadline: May 16, 2012
These grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to programs that are implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; purchasing books, materials, or software for literacy programs.
Toyota USA Foundation
Offers funding to education organizations in support of programs focusing on math and science. The site also lists several affiliates within Toyota that give grants.
Finish Line Youth Foundation
The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports youth programs that are effective and inclusive, funding opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.
Fender Music Foundation Grants
The Fender Music Foundation accepts electronic grant applications throughout the year from 501(c)3 or governmental organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing, and sustainable music programs in the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
Purpose: Subsidizes small projects designed to improve inner-city education in Providence, Boston, Hartford, New York, and Washington, DC. Proposals aimed at helping to reduce school absenteeism and dropout rates are of particular interest. Applicants must be a “frontline education worker.”
GTECH After School Advantage
The GTECH After School Advantage Program is a national community investment program, which provides non-profit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. These computer centers are designed to provide inner-city children ages five to 15 with a meaningful, yet fun learning experience in a safe environment. This initiative is meant to provide an otherwise unavailable educational experience and bridge the digital divide among at-risk children.
Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations
A writing guide with proposal summaries, sample cover letters, grant applications, proposals, and much more from Non-Profit Guides.
Links to articles and resources related to grants and grantwriting from About.com.
Online Searchable Databases
Council on Foundations
Provides many useful links for grant seekers in the following categories: grants libraries and information collections, state and federal government resources, grant research, and writing resources.
Search for funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education web site.
The Foundation Center
A comprehensive database of private funders and public foundations.
Allows you to view the federal grants database and to subscribe to their newsletter.
GrantsAlert is a web site that helps nonprofits, especially those involved in education, secure the funds they need to continue their important work.
National Endowment for the Arts
Online resource of federal funding available for arts initiatives through national, state, and local funding programs.
National Endowment for the Humanities
An independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.