Candid’s Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is an excellent database to search for grants from foundations; however, accessing FDO does require a paid subscription. Some libraries have subscriptions to FDO that can be accessed by the public without an individual subscription.
FDO Quickstart is a free alternative that provides more limited information on funders and is useful in prospecting grants, particularly when the grant seeker already has a funder in mind.
Candid’s Guidestar provides detailed funder profiles useful for prospecting for compatible funders, with a range of options available under both free and premium plans.
Candid’s Philanthropy News Digest (PND) publishes Requests for Proposals (RFP) ̶ which detail current grant opportunities for which funders are accepting applications ̶ and notices of awards as a free service for U.S. based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Their site is searchable by subject or keyword, and is free to use. We recommend subscribing to their newsletter and/or funding alerts in order to be notified of potentially opportunities that may fit your needs.
First Nations Development Institute’s grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts. They have targeted grant opportunities throughout the year.
The Denali Commission’s mission is to “partner with tribal, federal, state, and local governments and collaborate with all Alaskans to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government services, to develop a well-trained labor force employed in a diversified and sustainable economy, and to build and ensure the operation and maintenance of Alaska’s basic infrastructure.”
The Rasmuson Foundation’s mission is “to promote a better life for Alaskans.” Their primary program areas of interest include arts & culture, health, social services, housing, and promotion of philanthropy. Rasmuson’s grantmaking goals are civic responsibility and individual philanthropy amongst Alaskans; economic possibilities for Alaskans; educational opportunity for Alaskans; healthy Alaska families; quality health care for Alaskans; strong leaders; vibrant arts and culture in Alaska.
The Alaska Community Foundation’s mission is, “Inspiring the spirit of giving and connecting people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.” ACF typically awards grants through a competitive application process or a donor’s recommendation.
Grant Writing Training
The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at ANTHC offers grant writing trainings periodically throughout the year. The most updated information on their events can be found here.
Candid provides proposal writing trainings in their Learning center.
The First Nations Development Institute has developed numerous resources for grant seekers within tribal communities within their Grantseeker Resources. The archive of their webinar series is available here.
Grants.gov is not only a great resource for finding grants but also offers significant resources for learning to write and apply for grants effectively. These resources are centralized in their Grants Learning Center.
GrantStation is a subscription-based site that provides detailed trainings on grant writing, access to potential grant opportunities, and resources to help you write grants. Their newsletter, GrantStation Insider, is free for the public to subscribe.
Specific funders also provide training on both writing grant applications and managing grants for their agency:
W. K. Kellogg Foundation—The W.K. Kellogg foundation’s Resource Directory contains a wide range of information. If you are looking for information to aid with a specific portion of a grant application, searching the directory is worthwhile as some advice and guides for technical pieces such as logic models are available through this service.