Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of many communities. Without nonprofits, many problems and issues would go unsolved.
Because of that, there are hundreds of grants available to help nonprofits further their mission.
If you’re a nonprofit organization, consider applying for grants. Grants can help you grow your organization, take on new projects, or double down on what’s working.
While many grant programs have stringent requirements, know that they are only in place to ensure that the resources are being used wisely.
We’ve outlined some of the best resources for finding grants, as well as the most popular grants among nonprofits.
Here are some broken down by type of nonprofit:
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helps fund projects that are related to enhancing healthcare, reducing poverty across the globe, and expanding educational opportunities.
- Ford Foundation
- The Ford Foundation funds organizations that help challenge inequality across the world.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants to organizations that seek to improve the health and health care of all Americans.
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to strengthen and promote arts and humanities in the US.
- The Kresge Foundation
- The Kresge Foundation awards grants in these following areas: American Cities, Arts & Culture, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services and Social Investment Practice.
- Bush Foundation
- The Bush Foundation supports organizations that are based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses on these three areas of focused work: thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Ultimately, they want to partner with organizations to make measurable improvements in children’s lives.
- M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
- The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust funds nonprofits operating in the Pacific Northwest that focus in the areas of scientific research, arts and culture, education, health and human service needs.
- The US government has a database of grants where grant seekers can find and apply for federal funding opportunities. There are more than 1,000 different grant programs available.
- Grantseekers can browse through GrantWatch’s database to find the latest information on grant opportunities (USA federal, state, local, foundation, and corporation grants). The service is subscription-based and costs $199 annually.
- GrantStation provides online tools for grantseeking and serves nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and religious organizations. They operate on a membership model that costs $699 annually.
- Foundation Directory Online
- Foundation Directory Online provides a comprehensive database with up-to-date information on available grants to fuel any fundraising mission. The service is also subscription-based and costs $1,499 annually.
Church and ministry
- Global Youth Service Fund
- The Youth Service Fund is a grant program from the United Methodist Church. The grants are reserved for projects led by young people.
- Thinking about planting a church? Converge helps plant churches by providing financial resources and mentorship.
- Conrad N. Hilton Fund For Sisters
- Conrad N. Hilton Fund For Sisters supports the work of Roman Catholic sisters around the world.
- Catholic United Financial
- Catholic United Financial awards grants to schools and parishes in support of hardware and software that benefit elementary grades.
- Crowell Trust
- If your organization does ministry in a region of the world where there is not a Christian evangelical presence, you may qualify for a grant from Crowell Trust.
- International Partners In Mission
- IPM partners with ministries that address the issues of injustice and works for social change.
- Mustard Seed Foundation
- The Mustard Seed Foundation provides seed funding through matching grants for start-up projects of local churches in the largest urban centers of the world.
- Lily Endowment Inc.
- Lily Endowment Inc. partners with churches, community development organizations, and schools (K-12 and higher education).
- Glaser Family Charitable Foundation
- The Glaser Family Charitable Foundation supports organizations that focus on strengthening educational and cultural opportunities and protecting children’s health.
- ELCA GrantMaker
- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provides grants to support the ministries of individuals, congregations, synods, partners and companion churches.
- Encompass Cares Foundation
- The Encompass Cares Foundations supports both international and domestic medical missionaries.
- We Raise Foundation
- We Raise Foundation supports Christian nonprofits that serve people at the intersection of poverty, violence, and inequality.
- StartCHURCH has a database where organizations can search for available grants, filtered by categories and states. This can be a helpful tool to find grants from local programs.
- GetEdFunding provides a database of available grants for PreK-12, higher education, and educational nonprofit organizations.
- American Association of Educators Classroom Grant
- This organization provides grants up to $500 for teachers to purchase classroom materials such as books, software, calculators, art supplies, and more.
- Honda Community Grant
- Honda provides grants to educational institutions specifically focused on youth education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
- Walmart Local Community Grants
- Educational institutions can receive grants up to $5,000 to aid school projects or purchase classroom resources.
- Pearson has thousands of higher education grants to browse from. They are organized by funding type (i.e. state grants, federal grants, etc.) and topic (i.e. college readiness and completion, STEM, etc.).
- Charles Koch Foundation
- The Charles Koch Foundation grants funding to scholars, students, and organizations that focus on doing work that impacts societal well-being.
- Henry Luce Foundation
- The Henry Luce Foundation primarily supports projects involving faculty and doctoral students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.
- Campus Consortium
- The Campus Consortium offers technology grants to institutions that are committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with exceptional educational tools for professional and personal success.
- The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
- The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations supports private higher education, public media, and interfaith leadership and religious literacy.
- ECMC Foundation
- The ECMC Foundation partners with organizations that focus on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.
- The Teagle Foundation
- The Teagle Foundation supports higher education institutions, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and comprehensive institutions that focus on liberal arts education.
- The National Science Foundation
- The National Science Foundation funds colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, and other research organizations.
- U.S. Department of Education
- Check out the U.S. Department of Education’s database on available grants for individuals, institutions of higher education, local education agencies, state education agencies, and more.
We hope this blog post will help you find grants that work best for your organization, or at least jumpstart your search for grants.
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