The Grant Resource Center

The Central Library’s Grant Resource Center has many resources available to help you with grant seeking, including the Foundation Directory Online database. To learn more about the Library’s grant resources or to schedule an appointment call 585-428-8130.  Upcoming programs on grant seeking can be found here.

As a partner of the Funding Information Network of Candid, a nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, these fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders, and interactive mapping tools.

Grant Related Online Resources available at the Central Library:

  • Foundation Directory Online (Available in house only)
  • Foundation Directory: Searchable profiles of all active U.S. foundations and recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals: Access 6,100 programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Websites for Grant seekers:

Help from Organizations

The following organizations offer resources and classes on grant writing. More information on these organizations can be found in the Grant Writing Classes notebook located in the Grants Resource Center on the 3rd floor.

Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County or its staff.

Brockport Research Institute
The Brockport Research Institute can help individuals and organizations locate and apply for competitive grants. They have helped clients obtain funding from the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Agriculture, New York State Department of Education, and numerous private foundations. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grants are their specialty. Fill out the questionnaire at to request services.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at St. John Fisher University offers programs and resources to enhance nonprofit leadership and strengthen the capabilities of boards of directors and professional staff. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of small and midsize organizations. The center offers a certificate program in nonprofit management which consists of five classes taken over the course of one calendar year. Complete an application and registration form, available at, to enroll.

Ed2go is the industry leader in affordable online learning for adults. They provide online continuing education courses through a network of over 2,000 top colleges and universities. Ed2go offers over a dozen courses on grant writing, several of which are offered in partnership with Monroe Community College. Most courses run for six weeks and are composed of 12 lessons, representing 24 hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to download a certificate of completion. Visit to search for courses and enroll.

Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center offers webinars as well as four grantsmanship training programs which teach participants how to draft, write, and submit grant proposals. Trainings are online and offered publicly but can also be hosted or privately sponsored by an organization. Attendees receive an e-notebook with resources and all materials used in class, as well as a certificate of completion for all who fully participate. Visit to register for upcoming trainings and webinars.

Candid. Learning
Candid’s goal is to connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it. Candid’s live and on-demand trainings, webinars, and other resources are designed to improve fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency. Visit to explore Candid’s extensive library of grant writing resources.

Grants 4 Good
Grants4Good LLC was founded in 2009 to help nonprofit organizations and businesses find and get grants. They offer interactive training sessions, individual and group consultations, webinars, and other resources. To access Grants4Good services, visit to set up a free phone consultation.

Nonprofit Works
Nonprofit Works offers a variety of services, from fund development to communications, in three formats to fit each organizations needs. They offer on-site group trainings, consulting services, and skillshare Zoom presentations. In addition to training and consulting services, Nonprofit Works has a free library of resources available on their website. Visit to browse the trainings offered by Nonprofit Works.

SUNY Center for Professional Development
The SUNY Center for Professional Development (SUNY CPD) is a cooperative, voluntary organization funded by its members and the State University of New York system. As part of the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the SUNY CPD creates and delivers customized programs for skill and knowledge development in various learning areas. Visit to explore the SUNY CPD ⁠Grants and Proposals: If you write it, they will fund! workshop and view upcoming dates.