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Grants Collection

Lexington Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.  The resources in our Grants Collection have been carefully selected to aid your 501(c)(3) in the grant seeking process.

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Getting Started With Your Nonprofit

Founded in 2002, the KY Nonprofit Network is an association of organizations of all types and sizes in all 120 Kentucky counties. We are a statewide resource for nonprofit board members, staff and other leaders, an information center on effective nonprofit organizational practices, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.
Blue Grass Community Foundation is where people go to give—of their passion, money and ideas—to enhance the quality of life in our region. We help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds, guide their resources to support causes they care about, meet community needs and make a difference. We also lead, convene and facilitate on important community issues.
National Council of Nonprofits (Information on Forming Nonprofit Organizations)
The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits.
Grant Space (Information on Forming Nonprofit Organizations)
Grant Space is a service of the Foundation Center that offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide.
Kentucky Secretary of State (Information on Forming Nonprofit Organizations)
Information on starting a nonprofit in the state of Kentucky, site provides links to resources and forms you will need to start your nonprofit.

Tools & Resources

The most exhaustive and up-to-date knowledge and insight on the social sector to fuel any fundraising mission. Expanded, in-depth profiles of each grantmaker plus inside looks at the grants they've actually made keep your organization operating at peak effectiveness.  Available only to customers inside the Central Library.
Find information and services for nonprofits, including grants, loans, assistance, taxes, management and more
GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.


Find free and fee based classes on topics such as Establishing a Nonprofit Organization, Grantseeking Basics, Finding Funders, Proposal Writing, and many more.
Find free and fee based classes and events related to the nonprofit sector. (Some content may require a membership in the Kentucky Nonprofit Network.)
The Carnegie Center offers fee based classes on basic Grantwriting as well as a daylong Grantwriting Boot Camp that walks grantseekers through the grantwriting process.

News & Information

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a biweekly newspaper that covers the nonprofit world. Based in Washington, DC, it is aimed at charity leaders, foundation executives, fund raisers, and other people involved in philanthropy. 
The Philanthropy Journal is an online magazine that delivers news, resources and opinion on matters relating to non-profit organizations. The journal offers a free website and email newsletters, nonprofit job postings, professional-development webinars, and resource listings. In addition to regular news coverage, it publishes information on trends, research, and resources relevant to nonprofits.
The NonProfit Times (NPT) is a newspaper based in Morris Plains, New Jersey, covering the business management of non-profit organizations in the United States., an initiative of Blue Grass Community Foundation, connects you to nonprofits doing great work in our community.

Crowd Funding (For Teachers) is a United States based nonprofit organization that provides a way for teachers to ask for direct donations for specific projects in public schools across the United States and locally.
Kickstarter (Creative Projects)
Kickstarter is an American-based private for-profit company that provides users with access to website tools that raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding.
Indiegogo (Creative Projects and Nonprofits)
Indiegogo is an American-based for-profit company that provides users with website tools for raising funds for creative projects and nonprofits. If you are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Indiegogo offers a 25% reduction of their platform fees.