Finding Funds: Federal

  • Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
    The Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships supplies information and training on grant funding for faith-based and community organizations assisting Americans in need.
  • Department of Commerce Grant Opportunities
    This website posts grant opportunities from the United States Department of Commerce.
  • Federal Register
    The Federal Register contains announcements from the United States government, inviting applications for federal grant programs.
  • FedSpending
    This website offers a free searchable database of federal government spending. It is an excellent tool for finding out where and who receives federal contracts and grants.
  • Grants.gov
    Grants.gov provides organizations a single access point to 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.
  • USA.gov
    USA.gov is the official United States Government portal to over 51 million pages of government information. Powerful new search engine and design improves access to government databases, services, grant information and online transactions. Includes links to the 50 states.

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Finding Funds: Nonprofit Organizations

  • Charity Navigator
    Charity Navigator is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people find the charity that best matches their interests and beliefs. It provides in-depth analysis of the financial health of over 1,100 of America's largest charities.
  • Economic Research Institute
    This site provides financial and related data that has been reported to the IRS by nonprofit organizations on IRS forms 990 and 990PF. Those seeking grant money will find the names of key executives, the amount of executive pay, the organizations assets, the recipients of grants and other useful information for each organization.
  • Fundsnet Online Services
    Fundsnet is a privately owned web service that provides nonprofits, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources. It supplies the latest information available on funding and scholarship opportunities.
  • Grantsmanship Center
    TGCI offers workshops and publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies on grantsmanship and proposal writing.
  • GuideStar
    GuideStar is a searchable database of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Financial data about nonprofit organizations are available. Registration is required to use the database.
  • IRS Cumulative List of Organizations Described in Section 170 (c)
    IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a searchable list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
  • NOZA
    NOZA is a free database that provides access to more than 100,000 private foundations' 990-PF tax returns. Note: 990 tax form for public charities are not inlcuded in the database.

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Finding Funds: Organizations and Agencies

  • GroundWork Group
    This coalition of local technology, business and nonprofit leaders helps nonprofits achieve their missions through information management and technology. They offer a variety of products and services including educational seminars, and matching nonprofits with foundations providing IT grants.
  • HandsOn Central Ohio (formerly First Link)
    HandsOn Central Ohio, a comprehensive guide for resources and social services in Franklin County, lists training opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including grant writing.
  • Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO)
    This statewide organization is dedicated to strengthening the effectiveness of the charitable nonprofit sector in Ohio.
  • Ohio Attorney Generals Office Charitable Law Section
    The Charitable Law Section maintains financial records on nearly 20,000 charities in Ohio. To receive a copy of an Ohio nonprofit’s 990 or 990pf contact Ohio Attorney General Charitable Law Section at the address listed on their site.
  • Ohio Grantmakers Forum
    The Ohio Grantmakers Forum is a membership organization for funders. They provide opportunities for grantmaking organizations to exchange information, discuss common interests, learn about relevant issues, hone their grantmaking skills and establish networks of important relationships across the state.
  • United Way of Central Ohio: Neighborhood Partnership Center
    The United Way of Central Ohio's Neighborhood Partnership Center (NPC) offers a diverse array of courses and training to neighborhood and nonprofit groups. Please contact United Way of Central Ohio for current classes on Grant Writing.

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Finding Funds: State and Local

  • Local Government Sources
    A portal to grant sources from various outlets in Ohio government.
  • Local Government Sources
    A portal to grant sources from various outlets in Ohio government.
  • Ohio Arts Council
    The Arts Council is a state agency that tries to provide support to artists by providing services that enhance the growth of the Arts in Ohio.
  • Ohio Humanities Council
    The Ohio Humanities Council provides assistance to grant applicants by overseeing programs that promote the humanities in Ohio through collaborations with cultural and educational institutions.

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Grants Education and Proposal Writing

  • CorporateProBono.org
    Success in securing both state incorporation and federal tax-exempt status usually requires the assistance of an attorney, and competent legal counsel often helps the process move along smoothly. If you have limited financial resources, cpbo.org may be able to help your organization connect with volunteer business lawyers.
  • Grantsmanship Center
    TGCI offers workshops and publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies on grantsmanship and proposal writing.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
    The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has a sample template that can be used to form your organization's bylaws. Bylaws define how a nonprofit will be managed, which staff and board members have decision-making responsibilities, and how those responsibilities should be carried out.
  • Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
    The Minnesota Council on Foundations has extensive information on the grant seeking process including writing a successful grant proposal.

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Resources for Individuals: Assistance for Disabled Persons

  • Assistive Technology Ohio
    This site is a good source of information on assistive technology programs in the state of Ohio.
  • Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
    The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps offers diagnostic services for those under 21 with certain medical conditions and financial assistance for the medical care of eligible children.
  • Connect Me Ohio
    This is an accessible web site for Ohio consumers, caregivers and providers who are looking for up-to-date information about programs and services for people with disabilities.
  • Disability Resources Ohio
    This site provides information on disability resources and organizations in the state of Ohio. It has links to all agencies that help the disabled, including state, national, and local resources, and resources for specific disabilities and conditions.
  • Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment (MOBILE)
    MOBILE has a searchable list of local and national agencies that offer help to the disabled who need assistance with equipment and other resources.
  • Ohio Legal Rights Service: Assistive Technology
    OLRS assists people with disabilities in acquiring necessary AT devices and services by providing information about the right to AT and types of AT available, as well as negotiating with service providers for the provision of AT devices and services.

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Resources for Individuals: Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Children's Scholarship Fund
    Children's Scholarship Fund provides partial tuition assistance for low-income families from across the United States to send their children to private schools.
  • National Association of Independent Schools
    Besides scholarships that might be available from the schools themselves, check the other information at the National Association for Independent Schools. It provides various financing options for parents.
  • School Grants
    School Grants is a website for K-12 teachers who are looking for grants to fund special projects. The site includes tips on how to look for grants and how to write a successful proposal.

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Resources for Individuals: Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Agape Foundation
    Agape Foundation was formed to fund nonviolent social change organizations committed to peace and justice issues.
  • Bay Area Video Coalition
    This organization provides fiscal sponsorship for independent artists/producers seeking funding for their their non-commercial, video-based projects.
  • Fractured Atlas
    Fractured Atlas provides services, resources, and support to artists, including fiscal sponsorship.
  • International Documentary Association
    The organization has a fiscal sponsorship program for its members. Information on the program and how to apply are included.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
    This site offers guidelines and a downloadable application form for individual artists, collaborative artists' projects and emerging arts organizations of all disciplines. NYFA also has a national listing of organizations that operate fiscal sponsorship programs for visual artists available in PDF format.
  • Women Make Movies
    Find information here about Women Make Movies' fiscal sponsorship program for filmmakers.

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Resources for Individuals: Higher Education

  • FedMoney.org
    The most comprehensive free full-text online resource on all U.S. federal government student financial aid programs.
  • FinAid: SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
    This database offers a comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. It also provides a number of useful features, such as an explanation of financial aid forms, links to government funding sources, and financial aid offices.
  • Fulbright Program
    The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, part of the State Department, provides information on and administers the Fulbright program for both U.S. and non-U.S. students.
  • Scientific Grants and Funding
    This site from the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides information about support for research training in the biomedical sciences and undergraduate science education.
  • Ohio Board of Regents College Access Information Hotline
    The College Access Information Hotline provides postsecondary resources to residents of the State of Ohio. The Hotline aims to ease the access to postsecondary resources by offering assistance through direct contact with an Information Specialist.
  • Petersons.com Financial Aid Page
    The site provides help, guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions on financial aid, as well as information on organizations that offer private and federal loans.
  • The Black Collegian Online
    This site offers a listing of information for fellowships, grants, and scholarships of interest to people of color.
  • U.S. Dept. of Education Student Financial Assistance
    This informative site from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on how to apply for college and for financial aid. It includes a college savings calculator and college matching wizard, in addition to a link to the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) page that includes the form, and appropriate school codes.
  • Union-Sponsored Scholarships and Aid
    This database describes more than $4 million in scholarships by local unions within the United States,
  • United Negro College Fund
    A searchable listing of thousands of scholarships is provided at the United Negro College Fund Web site.
  • Youth in Philanthropy
    Provided by the Foundation Center, this page has an alphabetical listing of scholarship resources detailing a wide variety of ways to find financial aid.

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Resources for Individuals: Home Repair and Purchase

  • Agricultural Department Rural Housing Service
    For those interested in buying or rehabilitating a home in a rural area, the United States Agricultural Department Rural Housing Service has programs to help. These include loan guarantees and direct loans.
  • Columbus Department of Development- Housing Division
    The Housing Division collaborates with federal, state and local government housing agencies to strategically target its resources for neighborhood investment. These programs are available to city of Columbus residents eligible for assistance guided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Income Guidelines.
  • Ohio Development Services Agency - Energy Assistance Programs
    Energy assistance programs include HEAP Home Energy Assistance Program, PIPP Percentage of Income Payment Program, and HWAP Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • HUD.gov
    This webpage provides information about homeownership from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Greater Columbus Habitat for Humanity
    Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus (HFHGC) is one of the only housing agencies in Franklin County targeting families who earn 30-60% of median income. HFHGC partner families are chosen after a careful review process during which Habitat assesses their need for housing; their ability to repay a zero-interest, no-profit mortgage; and, their willingness to partner with Habitat through sweat equity.
  • Good Neighbor Next Door Program
    Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and firefighters/emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program.
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
    The Ohio Housing Finance Agency has mortgage programs for first time homebuyers (those who have not owned a residence in three years), and those wishing to buy a home in a depressed area. If you are buying a home in a target area, you do not need to be a first-time homebuyer.
  • Government Sales and Auctions
    This site from USA.gov is for those wanting to buy a home, or any other property, real or personal, for sale by a federal agency. It links to agencies and federal auction announcements.

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Resources for Individuals: Medical and Home Care Assistance

  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    The site provides information on free or low cost prescription medication for the mentally ill.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
    The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) offers a patients assistance program to provide financial assistance to uninsured or underinsured people in obtaining medications.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
    This organization includes pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups who help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through public and private programs.
  • Patient Travel
    Patient Travel offers aid for people who need financial help in order to travel long-distance for medical treatment.

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Resources for Individuals: Ohio Health Services

  • Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers
    The Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers provide primary health care services at five centers to residents unable to obtain these services elsewhere due to low income, lack of insurance or lack of availability. The centers also provide health promotion information and disease prevention services to patients and community members.
  • Dental Options of Ohio
    Help is available for low income people who need dental care. Dental Options of Ohio is a group of dentists statewide that offers discount-priced dental care.
  • Healthy Start - Healthy Families
    Healthy Start offers children (up to age 19) and pregnant women with limited income access to free health coverage. It covers regular check-ups, annual physicals, immunizations, dental care, vision care, prescriptions, etc.
  • Ohio Department of Health
    Browse the Programs section of this site for a list of public health services available through the State of Ohio.
  • Ohio's Best Rx
    This is the site of a prescription drug discount card program for Ohio residents without prescription drug insurance coverage who meet age or income guidelines.
  • Passport Program
    The site provides information on subsidies to help low-income seniors needing financial assistance for in-home health care in the state of Ohio.
  • Physicians CareConnection Patient Resources
    The Physicians CareConnection, an affiliate organization of the Columbus Medical Association, is the city's largest provider of free episodic and specialty health care. Visit this site for a list of Columbus-area free clinics.

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Resources for Individuals: Other Assistance

  • Daycare Resources
    The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services site has information on programs to help families afford daycare.
  • Benefits.gov
    From the Benefits.gov web page, choose the general government program in which you are interested, and answer a few questions. You are then given a list of benefits for which you may be eligible and links that provide you more information.
  • Modest Needs
    Provides short term emergency grants to working families that do not qualify for government assistance.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
    The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
    The U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration provides information on apprenticeship programs, Trade Adjustment Assistance programs and training programs due to plant closings or mass layoff.
  • USA.gov: Government Benefits, Grants and Financial Aid
    A quick way to check for government benefits, grants, pensions, Social Security, medicaid, etc., is to visit the USA.gov website. Links are provided for federal aid on each of these topics.
  • Services for Victims
    The Ohio Attorney General's Office provides information on the Crime Victims Compensation Program for victims of violent crime in the state of Ohio, as well as other types of victim assistance.

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Resources for Individuals: Veterans and Elder Assistance

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Resources for Business

  • Columbus Compact Corporation
    If your community is a HUD Empowerment Zone, an Enterprise Community, an Urban Renewal Community, or a Rural Community, tax benefits may be available for businesses that expand, start, or relocate there.
  • Deborah Kluge’s Resources for Small, Minority, Women-Owned Businesses
    Offering a wealth of links to resources designed to help these population groups, the site is created and maintained by Deborah Kluge, independent consultant.
  • GovLoans.gov
    Five federal agencies — U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — have come together to create this single point of access for federal loan information on the Web. Browse or search for loans for farming, businesses, students, disaster relief, and more. Includes a glossary of loan terms and links to additional resources.
  • Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)
    The site provides information specific to women's business development by promoting the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training, technical assistance, access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
  • Small Business Administation – Office of Technology
    The Office of Technology administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. Through these two competitive programs, SBA ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2billion to small high-tech businesses.
  • Small Business Administration
    This agency is vey useful for locating information on starting a small business. You can easily navigate the site by using its search engine or by clicking on a topic such as Starting Your Business. Here you will find a startup kit, financial assistance programs, publications, an outline for a business plan, and additional resources.

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