Grant Resources

The Foundation Center - Funding Information Network
The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Grant-Seeking at the Central Library

As a member of the Foundation Center Funding Information Network, the Des Moines Public Library houses an extensive collection of free nonprofit print and electronic resources. We’re committed to facilitating connections between grant seekers and grant makers — and we’re here to help every step of the way. Researchers and nonprofit organizations can use our materials to locate funding opportunities from partners in philanthropy, jump-starting effective grant seeking processes.

To learn more about the Foundation Center resources, please call (515) 283.4152 ext. 3.

Funding Information Network Electronic Resources

  • Foundation Directory Online - In-depth information on nearly one million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grant makers, including grant maker profiles, grants publications and 990s — all updated weekly.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals - A database of foundations that provide individuals with funding support for scholarships, fellowships, program development, research, awards and more.
  • Philanthropy In/Sight© - The Foundation Center’s premier program for visually displaying patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas that currently benefit from philanthropic impact — and areas that need it most.

Print Resources

Find copies of popular nonprofit materials on starting a nonprofit, grant writing, board development, fundraising, volunteerism, social entrepreneurship and more.    

Helpful Links

Iowa Grants Guide
The Iowa Grants Guide (IGG) is sponsored by The University of Iowa (UI) Division of Sponsored Programs, the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICOF).

The Foundation Center
Provides links to over 640 foundations that provide information on their guidelines, missions, and staff with links to nonprofit resources such as GuideStar and the National Charities Information Bureau.

Their free interactive programs and trainings help you learn effective research techniques, writing processes and other tactics to get the most out of their nonprofit resources and support the grant seeking process.

Topics include:

  • Foundations and fundraising overviews
  • Proposal writing basics
  • Grantseeking basics
  • Nonprofit management strategies
Federal government resource that allows agencies to apply for multiple federal grant funds through one site.

An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. They have gathered data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grantseekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.