The Central Library of the Des Moines Public Library houses an excellent collection of free print and electronic grant resources. Library staff are committed to building connections between grantseekers and grantmakers, and we’re here to help. Nonprofit organizations and individual grantseekers have access to all of the library’s resources to assist in finding funders, writing proposals, managing nonprofits and more.

The Founation Center

"The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed."

Trainings and workshops

Attend an individual training session or group workshop at the library to learn more about how to utilize the library’s grant resources. For more information, please ask at the Information Desk on the second floor of the Central Library or:
Call: 515-283-4152, then press 3
Visit: Events Calendar
Chat: Contact Us

Electronic Resources

  • Foundation Directory Online:
    In-depth information on nearly 1 million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grantmakers, including grantmaker profiles, grants publications and 990s — all updated weekly.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online:
    A database of foundations that provide individuals with funding support for scholarships, fellowships, program development, research, awards and more.
  • Foundation Maps:
    The Foundation Center’s premier program for visually displaying patterns of giving, funding relationships, areas that currently benefit from philanthropic impact — and areas that need it most.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals
    Foundation Center
    Features over 9,600 entries with current information for individual grantseekers — Foundation Name, Address, Contact, Program Description, Grant Amount, Application Guidelines, and more.
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving
    Foundation Center
    Provides comprehensive profiles of 4,160 companies making contributions to nonprofit organizations; includes 3,212 foundations and grantmaking public charities identified by the Foundation Center as established and funded primarily by companies and 1,769 direct corporate giving programs.
  • Foundation Fundamentals
    Foundation Center
    Gives beginning grantseekers a thorough overview of the funding research process.
  • After the Grant
    Foundation Center
    Shares critical insights from expert fundraisers and foundation personnel on how to best manage, communicate, and report on funded programs, and cement relationships with funders.
  • The 21st Century Nonprofit
    Paul B. Firstenberg
    Offers an overview of procedures to improve the productivity of nonprofit organizations.
  • The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
    Ellen Karsh
    Provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for grantwriters and includes interviews with grantmakers, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders about seeking grants in today’s economic climate.

Online Resources for Grantseekers

Iowa Grants Guide >
The Iowa Grants Guide (IGG) is sponsored by The University of Iowa (UI) Division of Sponsored Programs, the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICOF). >
Federal government resource that allows agencies to apply for multiple federal grant funds through one site.

GrantSmart >
An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. They have gathered data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grantseekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.