Nonprofit Answers

Nonprofit Answers

Nonprofit Answers
CRRL: A Funding Information Network Partner of

CRRL is a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner of, the leading source of philanthropy worldwide. Designation as a FIN partner provides CRRL with many resources for grant seekers, including information on grant makers and how to apply for grants.

Candid’s premier products, Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals Online, are only accessible at the Fredericksburg Branch.

Another valuable tool, the Directory of Virginia Foundations Online by The Grants Connection, is accessible at the Fredericksburg, Salem Church, Howell, and Porterbranches.

The CRRL does own a variety of additional materials useful to grant seekers that can be borrowed or used at other library locations for your convenience.

Apply for Federal Grants

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.

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

Apply for Indvidual Grants

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.

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."

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.

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 articleson insurance and its glossary of Risk Management and Insurance.

Virginia Society of Certified Public Account
VSCPA offers pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and other information at this website.

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 a page for educational resources and guidance.

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.

fundraising and more

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

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

Corporate Giving
Information from the Foundation Center on Corporate Giving.

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.

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

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

The Quick Guide
Rappahannock United Way provides a directory listing community resources. The Quick Guide is also available in Spanish.

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.

Home Ownership and Rental Assistance
The Virginia Housing Development Authority provides information on home ownership programs, rental assistance, utility vouchers, how to avoid foreclosure and more.

Rappahannock United Way: Help for Individuals 
Check listings for Housing Assistance, The Quick Guide, and 2-1-1 Virginia.

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 Assistance Program (WAP)
Provides information on assistance to weatherizing your home.

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