Resources for Grantseekers

IPA does not make grants, nor do we direct funding applicants to particular grantmakers or promote grants to specific applicants. We recommend the following resources to learn more about funding and potential funders.


Funding Information Network
Foundation Center provides free funding information through more than 400 Funding Information Network locations (formerly called Cooperating Collections) — libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers located across the U.S. and several countries. Use their map to find a network location near you. It’s a good idea to contact the Funding Information Network prior to visiting the location to learn more about the resources and to find out if a librarian will be available to assist that specializes in grantseeker data.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
Hosted by Foundation Center, FDO offers an extensive, up-to-date database of philanthropic giving at various subscription levels. FDO includes data on 140,000 foundations and other donors worldwide.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Member Directory
IPA provides a public listing of our members, which includes members who have given their permission to be included. Grantmakers are searchable by funder type and include a link to their website. IPA members include public and private foundations, corporate giving programs, governmental grantmakers, regranting organizations, philanthropic advisors and other qualified individuals. Collectively, IPA membership awards more than $846 million in grants each year. IPA itself does not make grants.

Indiana Foundation Stats
Created by IPA in association with Foundation Center and the United Philanthropy Forum, Indiana Foundation Stats is an online portal providing a snapshot of Indiana giving. This web-tool includes a list of top 25 Indiana foundations by assets and total giving. You can also search top funders by subject area, including education, human services, and economic development. is the source to find and apply for federal government grants, with over 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant making agencies.

Use GuideStar's database to find information on nonprofits registered with the IRS. You can find information on nearly 3,000 organizations by entering “Indiana” into the geography field and searching by the keyword “foundation.”

Cash for Your Classroom
Accredited Schools Online created this guide to provide teachers and administrators with expert tips and resources for raising funds and building relationships.

Indianapolis Public Library
On the Indianapolis Public Library website, you’ll find a variety of nonprofit resources, including information on how to start a nonprofit, program development tools, and funding resources.

Your Local Library
Libraries often offer resources for grantseekers, including access to shared data portals on grantmakers. Contact your local library to learn about their resources for nonprofits and grantseekers.