Community Council Announcements

Grant Resources at the Library


Alamance County Public Libraries is home to a small collection of resource materials for nonprofit organizations seeking grant money from corporations and charitable foundations.  This set of materials is housed in the Business Reference section of May Memorial Library in downtown Burlington.

As part of this collection, the library maintains a single-user subscription to The Foundation Directory Online.  The Foundation Directory Online subscription provides searchers with a database of more than 100,000 private, community, operating, and company-sponsored foundations in the U.S. and their keyword-searchable IRS 990 forms.

Data elements that might be found in a typical grant record include limitations, purpose and activities, fields of interest, geographic focus, transaction types, support strategies, application information, governing bodies, and financial data.

Data elements that might be found in a typical grantmaker record include type of recipient, grant amount, year authorized, duration, description, types of support and subjects.

The data in Foundation Directory Online is compiled from IRS information returns (Forms 990), grantmaker web sites, annual reports, printed application guidelines, the philanthropic press, and various other sources.   Although the Foundation Directory Online includes some information on grants to individuals, this is generally not the focus of the databases content.

Library users are encouraged to try this product to help identify prospects for funding sources for 501(c)3 organizations in the community.   If you would like a brief tutorial, please call the Reference desk at May Memorial Library at (336) 229-3588 ext 235 to schedule an appointment with a reference librarian.