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Nonprofit Answers

Government Grants Grants to Individuals |  Resources for Nonprofits | Tax Information for Nonprofits | Fundraising Resources for Individuals with Personal Needs | Housing Resources

CRRL: A Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center

The CRRL is a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner of the Foundation Center, the leading source of philanthropy worldwide. Designation as a Funding Information Network partner provides the CRRL with many resources providing information on grantmakers and how to apply for grants. Many of the Nonprofit AnswersFunding Information Network resources must be used at the Fredericksburg Branch; however, the CRRL owns a variety of additional materials useful to grant seekers that can be borrowed or used at other library locations for your convenience. For more information about the available resources, call the library at 540-372-1144.

Databases for Research: Ask the Research Desk for Help to Access These Databases

Government Grants

Grants to Individuals 

  • 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service: This United Way service provides callers with information about and referrals to human service agencies for everyday needs and in times of crisis. How to access 2-1-1:
    1.  Use your Local 2-1-1 I&R Call Center, where it says "Help Starts Here." 
    2. Select your state, you will be given the option to select your city/area. 
    3. Select the services you need and the information will be provided for you. The information can also be accessed by calling 211 on your telephone. 
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Information on all types of assistance including grants, loans, financial aid, etc. Allows you to search grants by category and provides information about deadlines.
  • Disability.gov: This website is the federal government’s one-stop site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. 
  • Homeownership Preservation Foundation: Partners with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and mortgage providers to offer homeownership preservation services.  
  • Medline Plus/Financial Assistance: This section of Medline’s site covers various sources of financial assistance for different diseases, types of treatment, and populations.  
  • Michigan State University: Links to websites grant offering grants to individuals. The information is organized by "academic Level," "population Group," and "subject."
  • Nehemiahcorp.org: This nonprofit organization specializes in homeownership, affordable housing, and community development.

Resources for Nonprofits

CRRL Resources

Tax Information for Nonprofits

  • StayExempt.org: This nonprofit organization offers free interactive, online training on the tax-exempt status; unrelated business income, employment tax issues; the Form 990; and public disclosure of records.
  • Forms 990 & 990-PFProvides access to Forms 990 990-PF going back to 1998.
  • Tax Information for Charitable Organizations: Lists all of the web resources the IRS offers tax-exempt organizations, including Life Cycle of a Public Charity, Application for Recognition of Exemption, and Tax Information for Churches and Religious Organizations.
  • Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization: The go-to source for questions on all aspects of tax-exempt organizations, including filing requirements; public support test; and the application procedure for tax-exempt status. Clearly presented information. 
  • E-postcard from the IRS on New Filing RequirementsSmall tax-exempt organizations will begin filing with the IRS beginning in 2008 for the tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006.
  • Significant Changes for Filing Forms 990 and 990-EZThis section gives an overview of the significant changes included in the 2006 Forms 990 and 990-EZ and Schedule A. A Questions and Answers section is also available here.


Resources for Individuals with Personal Needs

  • 2-1-1 Virginia Searchable Database
  • Virginia CommonHelp: CommonHelp is the central, easy way to apply for and get help with assistance in Virginia. See if you can get help with food, child care, energy, medical and cash assistance.
  • Community Resources DirectoryRappahannock United Way provides a directory listing community resources. Click on the Quick Guide English or Quick Guide Spanish for the directory.
  • Modest NeedsLists needs of low-income families and allows website visitors to donate to specific applicants.
  • NeedyMeds: Provides information on programs to help people find low or no cost prescription medications.

Housing Resources