Grants Collection at the Vermont State Library
The Vermont State Library is a partner with the Foundation Center Funding Information Network (formerly called Cooperating Collections). As a network partner the Vermont State Library provides nonprofit organizations and individuals access to the Foundation Directory Online, a database of private and corporate foundation grantmakers, as well as print resources. Together these resources comprise the Grants Collection. A second Vermont Funding Information Network partner is the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. If you live in a border community, you may find the network partners in NH, MA or NY more convenient than either Vermont location. Grantseekers can find network locations in their region at http://grantspace.org/Find-Us.
- Foundation Center website
- Ask a Foundation Center Online Librarian
- Foundation Directory Online
- Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
- Vermont Directory of Foundations Online
The Grants Collection is located in the Vermont State Library at 109 State St. (Pavilion Building), Montpelier. Take Interstate 89 to exit 8. Turn left at the second traffic light and then right at the next light. 109 State St., the Pavilion Office Building, is the second building on your left after the State House. Use the side entrance facing away from the State House on Governor Davis Avenue. Inside the building you will be asked to show a photo ID and sign in with the security officer. You will be given a visitor name tag to wear in the building. The Grants Collection is on the second floor to your left in the lower reading room of the State Library.
For handicapped access, take an elevator to the second floor and use the handicapped access door across the hall on your right. Request to be let into the library using the telephone next to the door. The Grants Collection will be on your right as you enter the lower reading room of the State Library.
You may use the Grants Collection during all regular library hours, 7:45-4:30, Monday through Friday. The library is closed for Vermont State holidays.
The Foundation Center's web site allows you to order publications, visit the Center's online library, query the online librarian, examine the "proposal writing short course," download application forms, review funding trends, and much more. At this site, also find the Foundation Directory Online Free for basic information about private and corporate foundations with searching by foundation name or location. The 990 Finder links you to IRS forms for foundations. Each foundation's Form 990 lists all grants for the year of the filing.
A service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the grantseeking needs of nonprofits and individuals all in one space.
Do you have questions about grant research and writing? Email or chat with the Foundation Center's Online Librarian by clicking on the button to the left.
The most sought after resource in the Grants Collection is the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online Professional. Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online offers information on over 108,000 foundations, corporate givers and grantmaking public charities, and more than 3 million recent grants. The Foundation Center has a brief guided tour of the Foundation Directory Online on its web site that you may want to view before visiting the State Library.
You may use the Foundation Directory Online at any of the State Library’s three public computers on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is necessary. You may print copies at $.10/page or you may email search results for no charge.
The Grants Collection includes access to another Foundation Center database, Foundation Grants to Individuals. This database lists 6,200 foundations and public charities that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. It is much smaller than the Foundation Directory Online database as most foundations give grants to nonprofit organizations only.
Searching is very similar to the Foundation Directory Online and arrangements are the same for printing or emailing search results.
The Directory contains free information on grantmakers that have a primary address in Vermont, as well as grantmakers that are not located in Vermont but have an interest in funding Vermont projects. Searching is very similar to the Foundation Directory Online. The Vermont Directory of Foundations Online is sponsored by the Vermont Community Foundation and the Foundation Center.
The lending library is helpful to nonprofit organizations as well as individual grantseekers.
The Foundation Center provides core resources:
- grantmaker directories arranged by subject fields
- directories of grant recipients and their projects
- publications on fundraising, prospect research and proposal writing
- directories of grants for individuals
- handbooks on grant writing
- handbooks on managing nonprofits
- handbooks on working with boards of trustees
- books on fundraising methods and development strategies beyond grant writing
- periodicals and newsletters on grantseeking
All of these titles are listed in the VT Dept. of Libraries online catalog (DOLCat). All but the most oversized are available to borrow. Ask for an interlibrary loan through your local library.
Reference librarians are available to assist you with print and electronic sources during the hours the Vermont State Library is open. In addition to visiting the Grants Collection, you may request information by calling the Vermont State Library Reference Desk at 802-828-3268. If you would like to borrow material from the collection, submit an interlibrary loan request through your local public library.
Since grant research is individual and subjective, extensive research must be done personally.
This program supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency,