July 13, 2009 / Idea File Supplement

Web Sites to Watch

Written by Idea File Staff

The Foundation Center is the perfect resource for anyone interested in finding out more about grants from private or corporate foundations.

  • Check out up-to-date lists of upcoming grantseeking and proposal writing seminars, or take a free short course on proposal writing directly online.
  • Search the web sites of more than 1,700 U.S. grantmakers by type or all at once.
  • Use the Online Librarian to ask questions and obtain factual information on foundations and philanthropy to assist with your fundraising research.
  • Refer to the Foundation Finder, a free, searchable look-up tool providing contact information and basic fiscal profiles for U.S. private and community foundations, including lists of the top U.S. grantmaking foundations, top corporate foundations and top community foundations, ranked by total giving in the previous year, and much more.


The U.S. Department of Education web site contains a wealth of information, including funding opportunities, financial aid and the latest news on government developments in education.

FirstGov is a comprehensive key to the United States government, written in lay-terms for the rest of us! Type in the words “education grants” in the search area to find out what money the government has, and how it is going to be distributed.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compilation of federal programs, projects, services and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the federal government.

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