Nonprofit Answers

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 grant makers and how to apply for grants.

Many of the Funding Information Network resources must be used at the Headquarters location; 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.


At CRRL Headquarters: Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals Online.
AT CRRL Headquarters, and at Salem Church, England Run, and Porter branches: Grants Connection [Directory of Virginia Foundations]

Government Grants and Grants to Individuals

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 
Information on government programs available to State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, territories of the United States, domestic public, quasi public and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions, specialized groups and individuals.

Government Grants 
This government web site provides information and applications for government grants for individuals and nonprofits. 

Government Benefits
Provides information on available federal and state benefits. There is also information on fellowships, grants and loans.

National Endowment for the Arts
Public agency that supports the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Supports research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Provides information about federal programs for businesses and nonprofits.

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Funds are provided from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the arts.


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. Click on Find Your Local 2-1-1 I&R Call Center. Step 1 select your state, you will be given the option to select your city/area; step 2 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.
This web site 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 web sites offering grants to individuals. The information is organized by Academic Level, Population Group, and Subject. 
This nonprofit organization specializes in homeownership, affordable housing and community development.

Resources for Nonprofits


Rappahannock United Way
A strong non-profit system is key to a healthy community. That's why RUW offers a variety of resources to help non-profit organizations increase their effectiveness and enhance their capacity to deliver high-quality services.

Starting A Nonprofit
The Foundation Center provides information about setting up a nonprofit organization as well as links to other websites with additional information.

How to Start a Non-Profit in Virginia
This site lays out how to start a non-profit in Virginia, step by step. From Harbor Business Compliance Corporation.

Tax Exempt Status
Step by step instructions for nonprofit organizations completing the Application for Exempt Status Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Classes for Nonprofits
The Foundation Center offers several online courses and classes at the center in Washington, D.C.  Many of the courses are free.

Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp Online
Podcasts of live sessions at various Boot Camp conferences.

Foundation Center News Letter
Newletters from the various Foundation Center Offices. You can subscribe and have it sent to your e-mail account or read it at this link.

Nonprofit Centers Network
This is the national nonprofit membership organization for multi-tenant nonprofit centers. Their website has a national database of locations that offer space to nonprofits. 

National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise
Provides access to a knowledge base of information on different aspects of social enterprise and economic sustainability for nonprofits, including articles, tools, and links to web sites of interest. 

Nonprofit Risk Management Center 
This web site provides important information about insurance and risk management. See its library of articles on insurance And its glossary of Risk Management and Insurance 

Related Regulatory Sites 

National Association of State Charities Officials 
Lists U.S. state charity registration offices Includes a link to the Unified Registration System of the Multil-State Filer Form which allows charitable organizations that raise funds in more than one state to file with all states using one form. 

Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
VSCPA offers pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and other information at this web site.


Search  the Central Rappahannock Regional Library catalog in these subject areas:

Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Organizations--Management

Fund Raising

Grant Writing

Non Profit Accounting

Proposal Writing for Grants

Tax Information for Nonprofits 
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-PF
Provides 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 Requirements 
Small 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-EZ 
This 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.



This operating foundation’s web site provides access to Forms 990 and 990-PF going back to 1997 IRS

Venture Capital
An excellent site from a Cooperating Collection library, this collection of venture philanthropy web sites is available on the web site of the Dauphin County Library System’s East Shore Area Library.

RFPs from Philanthropy News Digest 
Browse the latest request for proposals form Philanthropy News Digest.

Deadlines Chronicle of Philanthropy
Search for grant opportunities found in Chronicle of Philanthropy

Corporate Giving
Information from the Foundation Center on Corporate Giving.

Resources for Individuals with Personal Needs

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 Directory
Rappahannock United Way provides a directory listing community resources. Click on the Quick Guide English or Quick Guide Spanish for the directory.

Modest Needs
Lists needs of low income families and allows web site visitors to donate to specific applicants.

Provides information on programs to help people find low or no cost prescription medications.


Housing Resources

Accessible Housing offers information on housing for people with disabilities.

Community Resources Directory
Check under housing for information about home buying, rent assistance and home repair.

Homeownership and Rental Assistance
Virginia Housing Development Authority provides information on homeownership programs, rental assistance, utility vouchers, how to avoid foreclosure and more.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers loan programs, home listings, rental assistance, home improvement assistance and more at their web site.

U.S.Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers links to information about affordable housing, home repair, manufactured housing, and more.

Provides information on assistance with weatherizing your home.

Starting a Small Business


Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides a section on its web site with information for individuals wishing to start a small business. Links to the Small Business Administration and other useful sites are provided.

Grants for Small Businesses
Search this website for start up money for your small business.
Online Search for Small Business Loans and Grants
This site provides an online form to complete to find funding for small businesses.

Rappahannock Economic Development Corporation
REDCO is a licensed, nonprofit, Certified Development Corporation that offers long term fixed rate financing for small businesses in Virginia.

Retired business professionals provide advice on starting, operating and developing a successful small business.

Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration provides information on loans, government contracting opportunities and more.

Virginia Business One Stop
The Virginia Government web site is offering a new service "Business One Stop". At this web site you will find information on licenses and permits, taxes, links to other business resources and forms. The site walks you through the steps necessary to start a business in Virginia.

Virginia Small Business Guide 2008
Published under the direction of the Small Business Administration's Office of Business and Marketing, this guide provides assistance in starting a business in Virginia.


A selection of books available at the library:

Starting A Small Business

Small Business Accounting
Small Business Management