Government Grants and Foundation Grants
Government Grants and Foundation Grants
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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 books on how to write grant proposals 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. Call your local branch library for additional information.

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 website.

Online Resources 
Find federal and state financing for small-business start-up and expansion.

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.

Federal Funds Express 
Compiled by the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressional offices, provides information on how to find sources of grants, how to apply for grants, and how to manage the grant process. It includes public and private web links under a variety of funding categories, including the following:
  • Where to find federal grants
  • How to apply for grants
  • Help with managing the grant process
  • Foundations
  • Nonprofit charitable organizations
  • Corporate charitable giving
  • International trade and development
  • State and local government funding resources
  • Disaster assistance
  • Money for college
  • Scholarships
  • Internships/Summer employment
  • Computers for schools and communities
  • Other educational resources
  • Surplus and unclaimed property
  • Consumer protection
  • Demographic and statistical resources

Foundation Center 
Information about 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. 
Electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. is the single access point for 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) 
Links to government resources and information on community foundations, which often maintain grant programs for local projects. TGCI also offers publications, training, and workshops in proposal writing, grantsmanship, and fund raising for nonprofit organizations and governments.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) 
Helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones that are good places to live and work. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, and businesses and jobs.

USA.Gov: Grants and Financial Management 
Thousands of grants and loans are made by the federal government to state and local governments and other public entities. This site provides one-stop access to Federal assistance programs and to information on grants management.

USA.Gov for Nonprofits: Grants, Loans, and Other Assistance 
Links to 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
Main 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
954-262-4600, website

The 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.