Look around your community to see what national companies have a presence. Check out their website to see if they offer grants or sponsorships. Some foundations only award grants in specific geographic locations. Do your homework to find out what is available in your area.
Also note that grant programs come and go. These are current as of the last date checked (October 2021).
- Candid A subscription service for grant writers (Merger of GuideStar and the Foundation Center)
- Grants.gov Free information on Federal grants
- Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant program for public libraries and public schools
- Dollar General Grants
- NEA Big Read
- CSX Railroad Community Service grants—must be in a community inside their service network
- Staples We Care Gift Cards & in-kind product donations
- Walmart Local Community Grants
- Publix Community Giving
- GlaxoSmithKline Foundation—Ribbon of Hope grants
- International Paper (must have a location in your community to apply)
- Wells Fargo local community grants
- Bank of America—grants and sponsorships of art and culture projects\
- NC Community Foundations—in each county
- Grant Prose
- Calvin C. Orrell Foundation
- Cannon Foundation Cannon Foundation prefers renovation grants but Pettigrew Regional Library System was able to get a $75,000 technology grant for Perquimans County Library.
- Chatham Foundation
- Dogwood HealthTrust (serving Western NC)
- Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation
- Duke Energy Foundation
- H. Barnard Charitable Trust
- Golden Leaf Foundation
- John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation
- Literacy Access Fund (501©3)
- Mebane Charitable Foundation
- North Carolina Community Foundation
- Reynolds American Foundation (provide funding where significant number of R.J. Reynolds employees live and work)
- State Employees Credit Union Foundation
- Weyerhaeuser Foundation Only give to selected areas of the state where they have a significant presence.
- Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Foundation
- Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.
Online grant seeking webinars:
- Webjunction Course Catalog
- Grantseeking for Libraries: Top 10 Practices for Foundation Funding
- Visualizing Funding for Libraries
- Grantspace online training
The links were last checked in January 2023. Please email the FONCPL webmaster to report any broken links or any additional resources you recommend.