Government Grants and Foundation Grants

Print Sources

The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library, has a governmental and commercial grant information,  grant-writing resources and directories of funding sources. Directories inlcude public and private foundations and charities, corporate giving programs, and special-interest organizations that provide funding. Among the Reference Section’s holdings are the Foundation Directory, Annual Register of Grant Support, Grants Register, and Corporate Giving Directory. Circulating books on grants and grant-writing are located on the fourth floor of the Broward County Main Library.

Note: Directories of funding sources for grants and grant-writing bookss are available at many branches of the Broward County Library. While the call numbers of the directories vary, the books on writing grant proposals are generally classified in the 658.15224 Dewey Decimal area of the library. 

In addition, the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University​ has an extensive Foundations and Grants Collection and can provide a wide range of services to help those preparing grants and soliciting funds. For more information, visit their web​site​.

Online Resources

Find federal and state financing for small-business start-up and expansion.  Official website of the U.S. Government Small Business Loans and Grants​.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Database of federal government grants and loans. Type a keyword in the search box to retrieve eligibility information and contact information for grant and loan opportunities in your field of interest. After finding the program you want, contact the office that administers the program to learn how to apply.

Foundation Center
Private funding sources (including national, state, community, and corporate foundations), the grant seeking process, writing a grant proposal, state libraries with grants, reference collections, and links to related websites.
Find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. Over 1,000 grant programs offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies as well as private foundations that contribute to non-profit organizations.

The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI)
Government resources; community foundations (which often maintain grant programs for local projects); publications, training, and workshops in proposal writing, grantsmanship, and fund raising for nonprofit organizations and governments. -​Grants and Financial Managment
Federal assistance programs and information on grants management. for Nonprofits
Federal agency grants and services to assist nonprofit organizations. Funding sources include the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Transportation as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Community Resources

Community Foundation of Broward
1401 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 100
, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-761-9503, x103, Fax: 954-761-7102, website

This local organization accepts grant proposals in the following focus areas: Helping Youth and Families Succeed, Independent Living, and Civic Empowerment. In addition, grant proposals are accepted for animal welfare, AIDS prevention, cancer and arthritis research, capacity building, elderly issues, gay and lesbian issues, and patient care.

Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center (LRITC), Foundations and Grants and Collection
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Phone: 954-262-4600, website

The NSU Alvin Sherman Library serves as a Cooperating Collection for The Foundation Center and provides a wide range of services to help those involved in preparing grants and soliciting funds from foundations. The Foundation Center’s online database of funding for individuals is accessible to the public via a computer in the Grants and Reference Collection of the Alvin Sherman Library. Information on grants for non-profit organizations is also available at the library.