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HCPL Grants Collection at the Bel Air Branch

Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers searching for information on grant seeking, grant writing and related subjects have free access to the Harford County Public Library Grants Collection which is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.

Located in the Maryland Room of the Bel Air Branch, the Grants Collection consists of a print collection and dedicated computers to access the following comprehensive databases: The Foundation Directory Online, which profiles more than 100,000 U.S. grant makers; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online for individual grant seekers; and Foundation Maps.

Check back soon for grant seeker programs!

Databases - available inside the Bel Air branch only

Foundation Directory Online Professional is packed with features to help grantseekers find the right match for their organization's mission. To get a feel for some of those key features, take a guided tour highlighting five specific search parameters. For non-profit organizations.


Wondering how to get started with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, or just want to learn more about what you'll find in this resource? Take a guided tour to discover what you can learn about how to find foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.


Foundation Maps is the Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. Read this printable guide for step-by-step instructions on how to use Foundation Maps. This interactive mapping tool brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where.

Additional web sites

What is GrantSpace? GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations. Take a one-minute tour of GrantSpace. Check out their training calendar, too.


IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, works to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. They provide free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems. They are also committed to increasing access to this knowledge by making it broadly available through the IssueLab website, other Foundation Center websites, distributed Knowledge Centers, and content-sharing partnerships with libraries, archives, and online communities.


Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world.


Register for a FREE GrantCraft account. GrantCraft offers free resources that come in more than 10 languages and multiple formats, including guides, infographics, cases, blogs, podcasts, and interactive tools, making GrantCraft your go-to place for thinking critically about philanthropy and building skills for effective grantmaking.


Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. Check out their conference calendar, which provides listings of philanthropy-related events, symposia, and (on occasion) training held around the country.


Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI) is a searchable, expert-reviewed database of over 150 approaches to measuring the impact of social programs and investments. It also features a community portal for nonprofits, grantmakers, and social enterprises to connect with peers and evaluation experts.


The Governor's Grant Office (GGO) helps state agencies, local governments, and non profit organizations, find, win and manage grants. You will find a host of information and training materials about grants and the life cycle of grants management on this site. You can search for an available state grant or foundation grant and click on links to take you to sites where federal grants are posted. Please note that generally, grants are not made to individuals or small businesses. Sometimes there are exceptions, primarily for artists, scientists and researchers.


The Community Foundation of Harford County's mission is to promote and increase charitable giving. CFHC does this by building and managing endowments and gifts to meet the present and emerging needs of Harford County and its nonprofit community.

Thanks to support from the HCPL Foundation and the Community Foundation of Harford County. The Harford County Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.