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Funding Resources for Special Projects, Programs, and Activities

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center often receives requests from organizations and individuals looking for funds for special projects, programs, or activities. Although we do not dispense funds for these kinds of projects, we have developed this selected list of resources to help you locate possible sources of funding. There are references for both proposal and grant writing. We recommend that you utilize your library to review many of these publications, as many of them are updated annually and/or can be quite costly for individuals or nonprofit organizations.

GETTING STARTED: Proposal Writing:

The Complete Guide to Getting a Grant: How to Turn Your Ideas into Dollars
By: Laurie Blum
John Wiley & Sons

Written by America’s foremost fund raising expert, this guide shows individuals and companies how to write a winning proposal. It also provides strategies for applying for and getting a share of millions of dollars in grant money that is available every year.

Grantseeker’s Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding (Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management)
By: Cheryl Carter New, James Aaron Quick
John Wiley & Sons

This toolkit helps grantseekers develop strategies in writing a grant proposal. This is an excellent step-by-step manual for new organizations or those starting new programs.

Proposal Planning and Writing (Third Edition)
By: Lynn E. Miner, Jeremy L. Miner, Jerry Griffith
Book News, Inc.

An excellent self-help manual for first-time grant writers with examples on how to find grants and to write successful grant applications. It also includes a list of possible reasons proposals are denied.

Proposal Writer’s Guide
By: Michael E. Burns
Development and Technical Assistance Center (D.T.A.C.)

Outlines a grant proposal from summary through appendices and offers suggestions for use of the proposal in planning, communications, orientations, and marketing.


Annual Register of Grant Support
National Register Publishing Company

This comprehensive annual directory of support programs is organized into eleven major areas and further subdivided into more specific subject fields. There are four indexes-- Subject, Organization and Program, Geographic, and Personnel. Each entry includes the address and phone number of the grantmaking organization, program name, type of award, purpose of the program, eligibility, funding level, application procedures, deadline and special regulations.

The Complete Grants Sourcebook for Higher Education
American Council on Education and Macmillian Publishing Company

This directory is divided into four sections: 1) How to…increase grants success, 2) sources of foundation funding, 3) sources of corporate funding, and 4) sources of government funding. Entries also include detailed information on areas of interest, eligibility, policy, and financial profile, application process, selection criteria, and sample grants.

The Directory of Corporate and Foundation Givers 2000
The Taft Group

Profiles 50,000 grants including private foundations, corporate foundations, and corporate direct giving programs. The directory offers profiles in a single 2 volume directory which is organized in an easy-to-use alphabetical series that lists the most active foundation and corporation grantmakers. Nine easy-to-use indexes help speed access to information on location of operation, fields of interest and relationships, which will help you target and refine your prospect research in order to find the best potential donors.

Directory of Corporate Philanthropy
Oryx Press

This annual directory contains 6147 grant programs arranged alphabetically by grant title. Each program includes a description, deadline date, Catalog or Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (for federal programs), restrictions or requirements, address, telephone number, and funding amount. This book is indexed by subject, sponsoring organization, and type of organization.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center

Source of publication such as The Foundation Directory, a listing of comprehensive information on over 6600 corporate, independent, and community foundation that give annual grants. Other publications include: National Directory of Corporate Giving, National Data Book of Foundations. Foundation Grants to Individuals, Source Book Profile, The National Guides to Funding in Higher Education and the National Guide to Funding the Children, Youth and Families. Grant guides also included for specific fields of activity: aging, children and youth, health programs for children and youth, and elementary and secondary education. The Foundation Center also has a library open to the public.

The “How To” Grants Manual
By: David G. Bauer
The Society for Nonprofit Organizations

This indispensable resource will help you prepare a powerful, targeted grantseeking campaign. The manual offers strategies, and expanded information about online resources as well as many suggestions and tips (encouragement) to help grantseekers become proactive. The book includes tables, charts, and worksheets that summarize the information and help grantseekers focus their thinking.

How to Write Successful Corporate Appeals With Full Examples
By: James P. Sinclair
The Fund-Raising Institute, c/o Gale Research

This book gives you actual examples of grant writing letters and proposals, plus pointers and tips that will make your proposal writing easier, clearer, and more successful.

Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies
By: Michael Seltzer
The Foundation Center

Everything you need to know about funding opportunities for your nonprofit organization. This publication will help prepare you for success when venturing into the world of funding resources, help determine the best mix of funding resources for the long term and provide a blueprint for planning and implementing efforts to secure financial support. Recommended for novice grantseekers, experienced fundraisers and nonprofit management courses.

Successful Corporate Fund Raising: Effective Strategies for Today’s Nonprofits
By: Scott Sheldon
John Wiley & Sons

This book provides solid guidance to nonprofit organization in their approach to corporate funding. One of its strongest features is its ability to present the grantmaking process from the perspective of corporate executives who are responsible for contributions and schooling readers in effective low-cost strategies for locating, obtaining, and managing corporate resources. The book describes the various forms corporate giving most commonly takes, including cash, in-kind, and volunteerism and clearly spells out the motivations, perceptions, expectations, and conditions driving most corporate funding. It provides a complete blueprint for developing and maintaining successful corporate fund-raising programs at nonprofits of all sizes.

LOOKING FOR FUNDING: Federal, State, and Local:

Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations
United States Government Printing Office

Lists all federal grants that become available, including types of projects to be funded and the types of organizations that qualify to apply.

Guide to Federal Funding for Government and Nonprofits
Thompson Publishing Group

Guide provides information on more than 750 federal aid programs, eligibility requirements, contacts, and the how-where-when to apply. Includes funding opportunities in such areas as child care, early childhood development, job training, environment, housing, homeless services, health juvenile justice, and senior citizens. The guide helps in-state and local governments, communities and nonprofits win thousands of federal grants.


Often local chamber of commerce or libraries have a list of various civic and Philanthropic organizations in the area, as well as foundations and trusts. Local service organizations such as Lions, Sertoma, Kiwanis, and Civitan Clubs sometimes provide emergency one-time financial aid if funds are available or may fund a specific project or activity. Local churches and church groups, e.g., the Knights of Columbus, Masons, etc., may also serve as resources telephone numbers for such organizations can usually be found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory under Clubs, Fraternal Organizations, and Religious Organizations.

LOOKING FOR FUNDING: Specific to Disabilities:

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families
Reference Service Press

Directory contains references and cross-references to scholarships, loans, grants, awards, and internships for persons with disabilities and their families.

Directory of Grants for Organization Serving People with Disabilities
Research Grant Guides

Lists over one thousand funding sources for programs and services for the disabled. Provides profiles on foundations, corporations, government agencies, and associations. Also has essays to advise on the grant process. Grant information listed by areas of service, i.e. deaf, physically disabled, rehabilitation, and youth programs.

Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Provides grants to improve the lives of young people with disabilities throughout the country. Grants support a range of projects which help young people with educational, interpersonal and professional enrichment. Training youth in multimedia and digital storytelling technology; supporting internships for blind or visually impaired students in a product evaluation laboratory; training volunteers to adapt toys for children with disabilities; expanding “Virtual Volunteering. Enables people with and without disabilities to volunteer online; and provides a website that serves as an online clearinghouse and online meeting space for families of children with disabilities.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects
U.S. Department of Education, OSERS, NIDRR

NIDRR provides grants for approximately 300 projects per year, including fellowships, innovation grants, field-initiated research, research and demonstration projects, and research and training centers. For applications contact: Education Publications Center P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. 1-877-433-7827 Voice, 1-877-576-7734 TTY, 301-470-1244 FAX.


The Federal Register

The Federal Register (FR) is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. This information can be accessed free online.

Commerce Business Daily (CBD)
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office

CBD is published five times a week (Monday through Friday) and is the official announcement medium for federal contract procurement. This is a valuable publication for researches because every Request for Proposal (RFP) and contract award over 25,000 must be published in the Daily. The Monday issue contains numbered notes which are referred to in the announcements.

Foundation News
The Council on Foundations

Covers news and ideas on grantmaking, federal rules on fundraising, legislation, trends, and resources for nonprofit and grantmakers.

Health Grants & Contracts Weekly
Capitol City Publishers

This weekly newsletter contains information on selected federal and private grants and opportunities, contract announcements and related activities in areas such as aging, developmental disabilities, disease and injury prevention and more.

LOOKING FOR FUNDING: Local Support Centers:

The Foundation Center


The Center disseminates information on foundation and corporate giving. Offers a wide range of books, periodicals, and research documents. Services include reference librarian to assist visitors.

79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003-3076
Website: www.foundationcenter.org/newyork

Field Offices:
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite #150
Atlanta, GA 30303-2914
website: www.foundationcenter.org/atlanta

1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006-1708
website: www.foundationcenter.org/washington

312 Sutter Street, Suite #606
San Francisco, CA 94108-4314
website: http://foundationcenter.org/sanfrancisco/visit.html

1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite #1600
Cleveland, OH 44115-2001
website: www.foundationcenter.org/cleveland

Revised 10/2014