Free Resources for Nonprofits and Individuals Seeking Grants

Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner.  Visitors to the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network locations, including RCF, gain access to the Center’s wealth of information on grants and grantmakers and around the world, as well as one-on-one assistance and training on how to use this information—all at no charge. This rapidly growing network of partners gives grantseekers the dedicated support they need.

As a Funding Information Network Partner, RCF offers core Foundation Center electronic and print resources right at its own offices—databases, directories and other publications—as well as fundraising research guidance, funding-related technical assistance, workshops, and programs for local nonprofits.

What Will I Find at Richmond Community Foundation and Other Funding Information Network Locations?

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional, the most comprehensive database of all U.S. grantmakers and millions of their grants
  • Proposal-writing guides with step-by-step instructions and examples of successful proposals
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a one-of-a-kind database of programs that provide support for students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers
  • Philanthropy In/Sight®, an interactive mapping tool that combines the Foundation Center’s data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps
  • Research reports on trends and patterns of giving by U.S. foundations
  • Free workshops and orientations on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders
  • Expert staff trained to help you make the most of your research

Finding a Location Near You

Our hundreds of Funding Information Network partners—in every state in the nation, Puerto Rico, and selected locations around the world—are conveniently situated in both rural and urban areas. To find the ones closest to you, visit foundationcenter.org/Find-Us.

What Can You Do at a Funding Information Network Location?

  • Conduct research on potential funders for nonprofit work or artistic projects
  • Attend workshops to learn how to approach funders and write grant proposals
  • Ask librarians fundraising and nonprofit-related questions
  • Network with peers in the local social sector
  • Find educational scholarships, fellowships and loans
  • See on maps who’s getting and giving grants in your own community
  • Stay up-to-date on funding trends

Becoming a Funding Information Network Partner

The Foundation Center is always expanding its network of partners. If you or someone you know would like to suggest a host organization to join the network, please read the Request for Proposals at foundationcenter.org/fin/rfp or call (212) 807-2417.

About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people gain access to the Center’s free and affordable resources at its web site; in its five regional library/learning centers; through its Funding Information Network.

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