Expand the Search Outside the Community
- The Internet
The internet is a great resource - even for dollars. There are a few websites in particular that are full of funding opportunities.
Fundsnet Online Services Link. This website has a variety of categories including grants specifically aimed toward disability related projects.
The Foundation Center Link, offers a Finding Funders section that includes information on grant applications. There is also an online directory of both individual and foundation donors. The Foundation Center is arguably the most authoritative source of grant and funding information. Generally, local libraries will have resources available from The Foundation Center, particularly in larger cities.
Most state university websites also offer a variety of funding resources. An example is Indiana University's Research Gateway found on Indiana University's Link. This source incorporates various federal agencies as well as organizations and Indiana state funding opportunities. Other state Universities will most likely have similar websites.
- State and National Funding Directories
Many directories are available and are extensive resources for external dollars. Directories are categorized by state, region, national, international and topic specific. There are also directories that focus on non-profits. Directories can be purchased through various resources including bookstores, Amazon.com, and organizations such as the Foundation Center and the Research Associates. As indicated earlier, they are also often available at the Reserve Desk in local and University libraries.
The Foundation Center has several directories such as the Foundation Directory which offers key facts on the nation's 10,000 top foundations by total giving, the Guide to Ohio Grantmakers which profiles of over 3,800 foundations in Ohio, and the National Guide to Funding in Arts and Culture which features essential information on over 7,500 foundations, corporate direct giving programs, and public charities with a demonstrated interest in the field just to name a few. They can be purchased through The Foundation Center.
The Research Associates have various other directories (Research Associates Link). Directories from the Research Associates include Federal Grants and Agency Funding which profiles nearly 100 popular federal grant and contact information, National Corporate Giving Programs which contains more than 150 national corporations such as Microsoft, and National Large Foundations (Volume I, II & III) which lists over 100 of the largest foundations with assets over $90,000,000.
- University Grants and Contracts Offices
State universities have departments specifically focused on contracts and grants. These grants and contracts offices can be used as a source for funding opportunities. The University of Colorado at Boulder is a good example and can be found on the web (University of Colorado Link). Another example is the University of Michigan and can be found on its website. In addition to funding opportunities, university grants and contracts offices are resources for proposal preparation and answers to frequently asked questions on grant writing and fund raising.
- Disability Publications and Newsletters
Disability publications such as the Disability Compliance Bulletin and Disability Funding news have resources specific to funding accessibility or other projects directly involved with people with disabilities. These publications require the purchase of a subscription and can be ordered through their publishers. The Disability Compliance Bulletin is published by LRP (LRP Link), and the Disability Funding News is published by CD Publications (CDP Link). Both are good resources to obtain if seeking funding for accessibility related projects will be an ongoing task.