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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 Funding 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.
- Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals Online (Access Available ONLY at the Fredericksburg Branch)
- Grants Connection from the Directory of Virginia Foundations (Access Available ONLY at the Fredericksburg, Salem Church, Howell, and Porter Branches)
- 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 website 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: A public agency that supports the arts.
- National Endowment for the Humanities: Supports research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.
- USA.Gov: 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.
Grants for 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.
- 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 Nonprofit
- 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: Newsletters 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 Association of State Charities Officials: Lists U.S. state charity registration offices Includes a link to the Unified Registration System of the Multi-State Filer Form which allows charitable organizations that raise funds in more than one state to file with all states using one form.
- 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 websites of interest.
- Nonprofit Risk Management Center: This website provides important information about insurance and risk management. See its library of articles on insurance and its glossary of Risk Management and Insurance.
- Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants: VSCPA offers pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and other information at this website.
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-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.
- Grantsmart: 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 websites is available on the website of the Dauphin County Library System’s East Shore Area Library.
- RFPs from Philanthropy News Digest: Browse the latest request for proposals forms 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 Individual & 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 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 website visitors to donate to specific applicants.
- NeedyMeds: Provides information on programs to help people find low or no cost prescription medications.
- Accessible Housing: AccessVa.org 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 (HUD): offers loan programs, home listings, rental assistance, home improvement assistance and more on their website.
- U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development: offers links to information about affordable housing, home repair, manufactured housing, and more.
- Weatherization: Provides information on assistance to weatherizing your home.