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Foundations and Grants: Finding and Applying for Them: Grant Resources at WKU Libraries

This guide will help you find information about grants and foundations.

Dr. Bryan M. Carson

Bryan Carson
906 Cravens Library

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067

Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1067

Phone: (270) 745-5007

FAX: (270) 745-2275

Website / Blog Page

Need help finding grants?

Helm-Cravens Library provides free access to directories, books, and online databases on seeking grants, fundraising, and nonprofit management through the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. The Foundation Center is an independent national organization that provides authoritative information on foundation and corporate giving.

Foundation Center databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recently awarded grants, and interactive mapping tools. Although Foundation Center databases are only available in the Helm-Cravens Library, their website at also has plenty of free information.

For free in-depth training, call 270-745-6125 to make an appointment with a librarian.

Premium Databases from the Foundation Center
(Only at Helm-Cravens Library)

Foundation Directory OnlineFoundation Directory Online

Contains profiles of over 100,000 U.S. grant-makers, including foundations, corporate giving, 990PF tax forms, and 2.4 million grant recipients. For non-profit grantseekers.

 IssueLab contains case studies, white papers, evaluations, and issue briefs addressing social problems which were originally sponsored by grants.

Foundation Grants to IndividualsFoundation Grants to Individuals

Contains information for individual grantseekers about 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that provide support for students, artists, and researchers.

Foundation MapsFoundation Maps

An interactive mapping tool for philanthropic data that displays grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data using maps, charts, and lists.

Foundation Maps printable guide

Foundation Maps video tutorials

bullet Foundation Maps: Introduction

bullet Foundation Maps: Exploring Map View

bullet Foundation Maps: Exploring List View

Remember, these databases can only be accessed on the computers at the Helm-Cravens Library.
To schedule training, call the Research Desk at 270-745-6125 to schedule an appointment with a librarian.


Ask Us - Foundation CenterNeed more detailed information directly from the source?

The Foundation Center's Online librarians answer questions relating to nonprofits, foundations, fundraising, etc. They also provide free access to foundation-funded case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs.

Or call the Reference Research Desk at 270-745-6125
to schedule an appointment with a librarian.