Grant Resources

The Monroe County Library System provides wide support to grantseekers, from free classes and workshops, online search services, and facilities for individual electronic research. The MCLS maintains free public access to grantmaker directories as well as books on fundraising, proposal writing, and nonprofit management.

Foundation Center

The Grants Resource Center at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is the MCLS’ partner library for the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. The following online Foundation Center databases are available for use in the Central Library:

Foundation Directory Essential is available for remote access until May 31, 2022 through our website. Once on the site, you will be asked to create an account and sign up for a day pass. The day pass allows you to use Foundation Directory Essential remotely in a 24-hour window. There is a clock at the top of the screen that will tell you how much time remains in the pass. After the 24 hours, the clock will show the next date on which you can activate a new pass (every 30 days).

Since you will be able to create an individual account in Foundation Directory Essential, you will have access to the MyFDO features that were not previously available. You’ll be able to create dashboards, tag favorite grantmakers, and save searches, and return to these each time you activate a new pass. The day pass allows Candid to continue providing remote access in a secure and automated way to people all over the world.

FDO Essential Day Pass Guide

For more information, please call 585-428-8110.

Resources for Grantseekers Candid Learning, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits.

Candid Learning calendar online webinars – free trainings available online hosted by Candid that focus on topics such as finding grants, proposal writing, nonprofit formation etc. is a central storehouse for information on thousands of grant programs; by registering on this site, your organization can apply for grants from federal grant-making agencies. Guidestar is a searchable database of over 600,000 charities and nonprofits. The Community Foundation is the Rochester region’s largest grant maker; the site provides program eligibility criteria, application procedures, and contacts.

Seeking funding can be a difficult, labor-intensive process. Sources for possible assistance for the novice grant writer are available from New York Council of Nonprofits, Candid and the Grassroots Institute.

Library staff can help you start your grant search by suggesting appropriate resources and assisting with database training. Staff cannot recommend specific funders, write grants or review funding proposals.

Grantseeker Programs

Upcoming programs on grantseeking can be found here.