Grant Seeking & Proposal Writing

990 Training

Demystifying the 990PF
The Foundation Center’s free online tutorial demystifies the information on a 990PF for nonprofit grant seekers.

How to Read the New 990
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York offers this detailed online explanation of to answer such questions as, “What Can You Tell from Net Assets?”

990 Access

Grant Seeking 

Grant Basics I – Learn the Foundation Directory Online
Learn to use the most up-to-date comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers available for free.

The Foundation Directory Online is the premier tool for grant seeking nonprofits and is at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center at the Allen County Public Library.

Grant Alerts
Sign up for our grant alerts for Northeast Indiana nonprofits. Depending on your chosen subject area, receive up to weekly alerts on grant opportunities.

  • Control your account, make changes, and opt out at anytime through a link at the bottom of every email.
  • Also receive our monthly email newsletter to learn about additional nonprofit resources, classes and programs.
  • Sign up for the Newsletter and Grant Alerts here.

Demystifying Grant Seeking
This site was written by Larissa Golden Brown and Martin John Brown, authors of Demystifying Grant Seeking. Here you’ll find articles about the ins and outs of grant writing.

Grant Resources

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
The most up-to-date comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers available  for free at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. Walk-ins welcome, depending on availability. Call ahead to secure an appointment: 260-421-1238

  • Take a Grant Basics I class to learn how to use the FDO to identify potential foundation partners.

Fundsnet Services
Fundsnet’s purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives, fundraising programs, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations sources by posting related links on this site.

GrantsNet Provides grant information to current and prospective Health & Human Services grantees.

The Grantsmanship Center’s Funding Sources
Includes state, community, private and corporate foundation links

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Portal for all government grants and database of all Federal programs available (links to

Grant Resources by Fields of Interest

Proposal Writing links

The Foundation Center
Offers online resources including the Foundation Directory Online, a database of Foundation Grantmaking, available at no charge in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.

  • See the Proposal Writing Short Course for Components of a Proposal; The Statement of Need; The Budget and more. Available as an online tutorial or a printed version.
  • is the Foundation Center’s online portal for a variety of proposal writing resources including: Samples, Training schedules, Specific Fields of Interests topics and more.

Non-profit Guides: grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations
Non-profit guides are free, online grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Provides training, resources and research on fundraising and more.

The Grantsmanship Center
Provides training opportunities and online resources in grantsmanship

PCNRC Posts on Proposal Writing
Click to see our posts on Proposal Writing resources and information (using the category “Proposal Writing” from our homepage will work, too)

3 thoughts on “Grant Seeking & Proposal Writing

  1. I am trying to learn how to apply for a grant! I am in the proses of starting a small electrical business and would like some direction in which steps or way I need to go to get financial and educational assistance if possible


  2. I am trying to find out the steps in opening a non profit organization to help women and mothers that are in an abusive relationship or have an addiction.


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