Grant Writing

Directories of Funding Sources

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (Townsend Library location:  Ref HC110.P63 U53) Directory of all Federal programs offering assistance to state and local governments, nonprofits, and special qualifying groups.
  • The Foundation Directory, by the Foundation Center (Townsend Library location:  Ref AS911.A2 D57) Provides information on the nation’s largest grantmaking foundations. For each foundation, includes information on types of grants or other support usually given, areas of foundation interest, limitations on giving, and selected recent grants. The Foundation Center’s home page contains grant writing tutorials.

Local Foundations

  • The Albuquerque Community Foundation Competitive Grant Program has five general fields of interest: Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Education, Health and Human Services, and Environmental and Historic Preservation. These areas, in numerous combinations, are the building blocks of our community. Currently we have funds addressing specific issues or supporting specific programs including arts education in public schools, performing arts, mediation, domestic violence, and programs that encourage the discussion and study of ideas. When a nonprofit organization submits a grant application, Foundation staff direct the proposal to the appropriate grant panel committee for consideration.
  • It is the mission of the Marshall L. and Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation, Inc. to memorialize its benefactors through grants which enrich the cultural life, health, education, environment and spiritual life of the citizens of New Mexico. The Foundation supports philanthropic programs which are responsive, flexible, and may be proven effective by aiding the people of New Mexico to reach their full human and spiritual potential.

General Foundations

  • http://www.aecf.org/ -  In general, the grant making of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is limited to initiatives that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery, and community supports for children and families. Most grantees have been invited by the Foundation to participate in these projects. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor does it provide grants for capital projects, medical research, or direct services.
  • http://www.dana.org/ – The Dana Foundation, established in 1950 by an industrialist, philanthropist and legislator Charles A. Dana, is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in science, health, and education. The Foundation’s current areas of emphasis are in immunology and neuroscience research and in K-12 education, particularly the training of arts educators.
  • http://www.rwjf.org/ – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to improving health and health care and makes grants for Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Chronic Illness, Tobacco Use, Medical Education and Long-Term Care.
  • http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=107&CID=-1&CatID=-1&NID=149&Status=Active&CatProp=HasGrants&LanguageID=0 – The W. K. Kellogg Foundation makes grants in health, food systems, rural development, youth and education.
  • http://www.soros.org/ – Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs support initiatives in a range of areas, including access to justice for low and moderate income people; independence of the judiciary; ending the death penalty; reducing gun violence and over-reliance on incarceration; drug policy reform; inner-city education and youth programs; fair treatment of immigrants; reproductive health and choice; campaign finance reform; and improved care of the dying.
  • http://www.fordfound.org/grants – The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to: strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.They give grants for community and resource development, education, sexuality, religion, media, arts and culture.
  • http://www.macfound.org/ – The Foundation is committed to the development of successful individuals and strong communities.  These areas include strengthening communities and enhancing the competitiveness of regions, improving teaching and learning, increasing access to stable and affordable housing, improving juvenile justice, advancing policies that promote mental health, and translating research and practical experience into effective social and economic policy.
  • http://www.mellon.org/grant_programs.html – The purpose of the Foundation is to “aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind.” Under this broad charter, the Foundation currently makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; in cultural affairs and the performing arts; in population; in conservation and the environment; and in public affairs. Within these fields, the Foundation directs most of its grantmaking to particular areas of interest, which are made known in a variety of formal and informal ways. Annual Reports describe grantmaking activities and present complete lists of recent grants.

    Listservs and eJournals

    Announcements

    • Daily Federal Register Announcements -
      To view the latest announcements of Federal government grant competitions appearing in the Federal Register each day, browse the Table of Contents of an issue and look for “Notices” under each agency.

    “How-To” Books in Townsend Library

    • The “How To” Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants, from the American Council on Education. (HG177.B38 1995)
    • The Complete Guide to Getting a Grant, by Laurie Blum. New York:  Poseidon Press, 1993.  (HV41.9 .U5 .B58 1993)
    • The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, by Jane Geever and Patricia McNeill.  The Foundation Center, 1993.  (HG177.5 .U6 .G44 1993)
    • Foundation Fundamentals:  A Guide for Grantseekers. The Foundation Center, 1991.  (HV41.9 .U5 .M37 1991)
    • Secrets of Winning Grants from Corporations and Foundations. Arlington, VA.:  Government Information Services, 1993.  (HG177.5 .U6 .S42 1993)