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Foundation Directory Online Professional off-campus access/netid

The Foundation Center's databases offer a wealth of information and offers the following search-by capabilities: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s.
Visualizing Funding for Libraries

This Foundation Center database of library funding contains grants given to U.S libraries by U.S. foundations. It includes local, state, and national sources of funding for public, academic, school, special collection, and government libraries. Provides online training including webinars and a self-paced course.
Grant Forward off-campus access/netid

Provides information on funding resources for research. Accessible only to University of Illinois students, staff & faculty. For full access, create an account by clicking on Sign Up and using your UIS email to connect to our institutional account.
Grant Seeking & Grant Management at UIS for UIS faculty & staff ONLY

Provides information on funding resources and grants management.
Business Source Elite off-campus access/netid

Full-text access to regional, national, and international, business, financing, banking & industry publications. The Company Profiles section of the database contains Datamonitor reports for major U.S. and international companies.,uid
Foundation Maps

Foundation Maps is an interactive mapping tool designed to provide a visual portrayal of philanthropic giving around the world. Please contact a librarian for information on how to access the database's contents: call 217-206-6605 or email

Local Resources

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

The CFLL maintains several grant funds and programs dedicated to supporting a variety community endeavors including: seniors, women, youth, nonprofit professional development, historic preservation in Springfield, recreation for people with disabilities, and a variety of charitable areas. Grant deadlines and applications are available through this link.

United Way of Central Illinois Community Fund

The United Way invests in local health and human service programs. Funding decisions are made by volunteers from the community. All funded programs are aligned with United Way's dual strategy of improving lives by

  • meeting an individual's immediate needs; and
  • providing educational tools that promote long-term health and well-being.

To support this dual strategy, United Way has two funding areas for programs, Essential Services and Lifelong Learning Initiative.

Statewide Resources


Forefront: A statewide membership association for Illinois nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, advisors, and our allies. They provide resources, education, advocacy, thought leadership, and project management to attract investment to the sector, develop top talent, improve systems and policies, and build organizational capacity
Illinois Resource Network

Illinois ResourceNet: A Funding Access Initiative (IRN) is a university-based resource providing Illinois nonprofits and local governments with the competitive assets to access federal funding. IRN offers organizations a unique approach to grant access centered on providing information and resources on an interactive website, working with experienced technical assistants on designing high caliber proposals, and connecting with a diverse group of partners to meet proposed project goals. Housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Federal Grant Sites

The White House Office of Management and Budget has mandated that all 26 Federal agencies post their competititve grant opportunities here to facilitate ease in locating grants as well as downloading and submitting applications. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the aim of this site is to eventually become the central repository for federal grant information.

To view the latest news and information on the government grant system, follow their blog.

U.S. Department of Education Funding

Click on Grants and Contracts. This is a site that provides information on grants and other programs at the department including applications, regulations for administering grant programs, and information for new grant-seekers.
The Federal Register

This site provides access to the full document, which includes Requests for Proposals (RFP) announcements. (CFDA)

Effective November 12th, is retired, and is now the authoritative source for Contract Opportunities. Visit the Learning Center for videos, FAQs and other information!

UIS eResources

The following resources are only accessible on campus or off site with a UIS NetID and password.

How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Folsom, Raphael Brewster. How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Yale University Press, 2019.