Social Work Selector's Toolbox
Both general and specialized guides to grant writing are available online and in print. The following list includes examples of current guides. Selectors will find additional guides by searching under the subject headings "Proposal Writing for Grants," "Proposal Writing in the Human Services," and "Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences" in WorldCat and Books In Print.
Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
This section of the web site of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides information on preparation for grant development and specifics on writing the grant to conform to requirements of U. S. government funding agencies.
Foundation Center: Learning Lab
This section of the Foundation Center web site features a virtual classroom with free and fee-based tutorials. Also included are on online bookshelf with excerpts from sources published by the Center, topical resource lists and user aids for individuals and nonprofit organizations.
The "How To" Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants , 5th ed. by David G. Bauer. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.
This guide includes information on researching, developing and writing grant proposals with specific sections on public/government, private foundation and corporate grant funding.
Proposal Writing , 2nd ed. by Soraya M. Coley and Cynthia A. Scheinberg. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2000
Aimed at social service professionals, this guide provides information on the agency and funding scope, needs-based program development, as well as how to write goals, objectives, implementation and evaluation plans.
Successful Grant Writing: strategies for health and human service professionals, 2nd ed. by Laura N. Gitlin and Kevin J. Lyons. New York: Springer, 2004.
By examining the grant process from both the view of the funding agency and the grant seeker, this guide offers strategies and models for developing effective grant proposals.
Writing the Winning Grant Proposal: a comprehensive guide to writing the grant proposal that gets you funded . Boston: Quinlan Publishing Group, 2005.
A concise general guide to grant writing, this book covers how to research the type of grants needed and how to develop and write each section of a grant proposal.
Webster's New World Grant Writing Handbook by Sara D. Wason. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004.
This guide covers corporate and foundations fundraising, how to identify and approach the best funding agencies, as well as organizing and writing the grant proposal.
Annual Register of Grant Support: a directory of funding sources. 38th ed. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc. 2005
Brief entries on foundations, corporations, public and government agencies that offer grants in many different areas. Includes specific sections for social welfare, children and youth, community development, public health and crime prevention
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
This catalog is a directory of U.S. federal programs that provide various types of assistance to primarily to state and local governments and public and private organizations. Also available in print.
Corporate Foundation Profiles . New York: Foundation Center, 2002.
This directory provides detailed analytical profiles of some 200 company sponsored foundations. Analysis is given by subject area, recipient type, type of support, population group and geographical area.
Corporate Giving Directory. New York: Taft Group-Gale, 2004.
This source includes descriptive profiles of over 1,000 major corporate giving programs. It provides a financial summary, typical recipients, contribution analysis, grants analysis and a list of recent grants funded by each program.
Directory of Research Grants. Phoenix, AZ.: Oryx Press, 2005.
Directory of agencies providing research funding. Subject index lists agencies offering grants in social s sciences, children and youth and community and economic development. Information derived from Grantselect.com
Foundation Center: Finding Funders
The Foundation Center Online Directory is a major resource for identifying funding sources. The Directory is available by subscription, but the web site offers free services including links to addresses and web sites of foundations, as well as IRS filings. The Center publishes several print and CD-ROM directories including the following titles.
Foundation Directory. 27th ed. New York: Foundation Center, 2005.
Information on the finances, governance and funding interests of the 10,000 largest foundations in the U.S. Subject index lists foundations providing grants in specific areas including human services, family and children's services, housing, community development, etc. Also available online by subscription and on CD-ROM
Foundation Grants Index on CD-ROM. New York: Foundation Center, 2004.
This source provides detailed indexing to grants by 12 different fields including subject and topical areas, type of support, recipient location and type, and grantmaker.
Online database of grant information updated daily. Covers arts and humanities, biomedical and health care, children and youth, community development, education, international programs, operating grants, faith-based grants and scholarships.
Guidestar provides a searchable directory of 1.5 million nonprofit organizations. The information is taken from IRS 990 forms. Basic searching of the directory is free, but more complex searching is available only by subscription.
Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organization s. Phoenix, AZ.: Oryx Press, 2005.
Directory of funding agencies, both public and private, which provide some for of operating support for nonprofits. Subject index lists agencies offering grants in areas of social service, child welfare, elderly and homeless. Information derived from Grantselect.com
Sources of Operating Grants . New York: Aspen Publishers, 2000.
This source provides profiles of over 500 major, private corporate and community foundations. Entries are arranged geographically and include brief information.
Additional Web Resources
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Includes guide to grants and deadlines along with major news stories and announcements of upcoming events, conferences and workshops for the nonprofit sector. Most online articles and listings available only by subscription.
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is an organization of some 2000 members representing grant making foundations and giving programs. Provides information on and services for foundations including a searchable community foundation locator.
The major website for grant information from many government agencies. This site provides a convenient gateway to federal grant information.
TCGI: The Grantsmanship Center
This site offers publications at low cost on various aspects of the grants process. TCGI maintains on archive of Federal Register announcements in chronological order. The Grantsmanship Center Magazine contains many free online articles.
SRA International Grantsweb
This site combines a wealth of information on government and private funding, along with links to helpful policy and regulatory information.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants and Funding.
Includes contract & grant information from HHS agencies, education & training opportunities, research & program funding, along with scholarships, internships and financial aid.
U.S. National Institutes of Health. Office of Extramural Research. Grants.
Core web site for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.