October 18, 2019

Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

Finding grants for your nonprofit organization is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans. They come in all shapes and sizes, require some self-reflection and can be an incredibly time-consuming process. And maybe it’s not your favorite thing to do.

Plenty of resources exist to find that perfect grant for your organization that has the style, flexibility and price tag you need – or maybe that’s the jeans. But here are a few resources to get you on your way to finding the necessary funding for your organization. It may require some sifting and searching on your part, but this will surely save you from those pesky grant-writing blues.

Square one on your mission to finding grants for your nonprofit starts here.


Not only is Grants.gov a place to find grants, but it’s also a place to educate yourself on how grants work and what they’re all about.

If you find a federal grant that interests your organization, you’ll need to go through the following stages:

  1. Pre-Award Phase
    This is the phase where you’ll seek out new grants that are applicable to your organization and work toward submitting an application that matches the given criteria.
  2. Award Phase
    The award phase occurs when federal agency staff members make decisions to grant your organization the funds to continue with a project.
  3. Post Award
    While this seems like it should be the easiest phase of the grant process, it’s actually one of the most labor-intensive. The post-award phase involves implementing the grant that your organization has been awarded and actually documenting the progress of what your organization said they’d do. In order to succeed at the process, you’ll need to submit a report detailing both the financials and the program progress.

Make sure to fully utilize the educational aspects of Grants.gov. Search the site and sort by the newest or most relevant grants by sorting them into various categories.

Local foundations

The best place to start is a foundation that understands the work you’re doing. Search online for foundations in your area or try to meet funders through networking events in your community. If the marketing and storytelling you’ve been implementing in your community has been doing its job, foundations should already have some sort of understanding of how your organization operates. That helps give you a leg up in the funding world.

While this option seems to be the vaguest, it could have the most promise for your organization. People love to give locally because it helps stimulate their own economy and helps give back. So get out there, open your eyes and consider the possibilities happening in your own backyard.


This site could be suitable for your organization if it fits into one of the following (ample!) categories: universities, hospitals, government agencies, schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, research institutions and some small businesses and individuals.

That’s a ton of opportunity for your organization. Plus, this site adds new grants and archives old grants daily, ensuring you’re getting the most out of your time. Keep in mind, this is a paid option, and there are other paid options out there to consider. Start slow and determine if the return could be worth it for your organization.

Now you have the browsing power to at least begin your search into the grant world. Check them all out, see which resources work best for your organization and apply to the grants that matter.

Originally published 5.24.17—Updated 5.3.18

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  1. Kathy Davis says:

    I am looking for local Grants in Genesee County MI for a non-profit Senior Citizens Activity Center.

  2. Darlene Tate says:

    We are a new nonprofit organization here in the Cobb County area. We are looking for donations or funding within the community to help us start up this project/program. Edjes Homeless Youth Shelter Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides emergency housing for youth/young adults that is in transition ending the stay from a foster care facility, displace from a home, homeless or leaving any detention facility. MISSION
    Edjes Homeless Youth Shelter is providing safe housing and rehousing for youth/young adults who has aged out of foster care or homeless, pinpointing opportunities to successfully achieve responsibility, independence, training and giving access on how living on your own could be an exception by providing appropriate intervention.

    Please advise with any information or funding that can help us with this program/project, Thanking You in advance.

    Thank You,

    Darlene Tate
    Edjes Homeless Youth Shelter Inc.
    Founder/Executive Director
    [email protected]



  4. I am new to my position as the Executive Director of the Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce in Springerville, AZ. We are a Non-Profit 501(c)(6). We are in dire need to get funding to be able to keep our doors open. I was hired full-time but we only have enough money for me to work part-time….yet I put in MANY hours that I write down as ‘volunteer’ because the position requires a F/T person if not 1 and 1/2 F/T people. I am trying so very hard to help our small communities (Springerville Population is 1,956 and Eagar is 4,881) to survive. Just recently we had one business close because the owners retired and another large business close due to lack of sales. I am looking for funding to allow our chamber to be open 5 or 6 days a week at 8 hours a day so we can help bring businesses to our communities as well as get people to move here. I will take ANY advice anyone could give me with this.

    Thank you, Glynis Goodman

  5. Owen Community Healthcare Center, Inc; is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community organization looking for grant, or donations to help start up our project. We provide Mental health such as, individuals suffering form stress, depression, anxiety, anger. We appreciate any donation, or funding that can assist us with our project.

    Thank you.

    Owen Community Health Care Center, Inc.

    Phone: 301-593-4719
    Email: [email protected]

  6. Bunahp hat says:

    Faith of God storage house brings immediate and eternal hop to the people we serve. We meet physical and spiritual needs in the community, through strategy of helping with food, water and prayer. suffering people, including Cambodia, all nations and ministry.
    2 Corinthians 9: 7
    7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
    1 Corinthians 13:13
    13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

  7. Sarah Dionne says:

    I am looking for local grants in Middleboro Massachusetts for a non profit holistic psychotherapy, grief and spiritual counseling start up. I am have an LICSW and am budding into private practice. My hope is to create a safe and sacred space for people to grow and achieve optimum spiritual, mental and physical health to live fulfilling lives

  8. Jeff A Wirtz says:

    Great Lakes Jr Gold Tour. is a 501c3 Non Profit Youth Scholarship bowling Tour. Youths compete earning Scholarships for College. 4 Age divisions, 5 – 20 years age. June will be our 9th season.

  9. gary verneuil says:

    i am looking for government grants to refurbish the water system in my town of kentwood louisiana , and for 100% grant , not a payback loan

  10. Junell says:

    We are starting a non-profit homeless shelter in a rural town in north Texas. Possible needs would be for homeless, pregnant w/o a roof, and youth. We will have limits on how long they can stay, and provide them with possible jobs. We also will have a van if they don’t have transportation to their job.

  11. Reva Triplett says:

    I am secretary for the Scotland County Missouri United Methodist Parish, including three small churches. We have a one hundred year- old home which is used as our parsonage. We need a roof on the parsonage and have little money. This home is used to house our pastor from Thursdays through Sunday. Our joint board meetings are held there. Our business office is set up in one area of the home. Children are invited there for learning ventures. Bible studies are held here as well. This non-profit parish is holding a two-day yard sale and a bake sale yet this month May, 2019, to raise funds to help put the roof on.

  12. Vickie Jones says:

    I’m looking for grants to help fund my nonprofit. I want to start a cooking camp for under privileged kids in a very poverty stricken neighborhood in Dallas Texas where I live. I currently feed the homeless every Saturday funded out of mu personal funds. By applying for grants help me do more in the community.

  13. Mavis Jackson says:

    I work for a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and I am seeking a grant to fund social services to those in need of them. I can provide drug & alcohol counseling, anger management and trauma related services. My DBA is The Overcomers Foundation Counseling & Consultation in Houston, Texas.

  14. LINDSAY BRANCH says:

    I am with A SPACE IN HIS ARMS emergency shelter and we are seeking funds to get started with this project.
    We are based out of St. Louis, MO. and want to start this program asap, but are needing the assistance. Again, we are just starting so any donations, grants, funds, and overall just any information to reach out to more would be helpful and greatly appreciated!

    Lindsay Branch
    [email protected]

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