Grant Center

Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers on Cape Cod and the Islands looking for funding sources have access to a valuable collection of resources at the Wilkens Library.

Logo of the National Foundation CenterThe Wilkens Library at Cape Cod Community College is a Cooperating Collection affiliate of the National Foundation Center (FC). The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Cooperating Collection contains information on potential funding from foundations, corporations, the public sector and other sources for nonprofit organizations and individuals. Materials in the collection include guides on grant seeking, proposal writing, other means of fund raising, and texts on nonprofit management/board leadership and giving, and voluntarism/volunteerism.


The materials in the FC Cooperating Collection are available during regular library hours. An appointment is not required, but is recommended for the first time visitor or if consultation with a librarian is desired.

Online Databases

The Foundation Directory Online is the most comprehensive and current online source on foundation grants. Access toThe Foundation Directory Online database is available in the library. Remote access is not available. the Foundation Directory Online includes detailed information on 76,000+ foundations, with links to current foundation 990-PF tax filings, crucial facts on 350,000 grants, including the purpose of the grant, and a searchable index of 337,000+ trustees, officers, and donors. The database also includes a tutorial on how to search the Foundation Directory Online as well as links to FAQs, and additional resources.

Foundation Grants to individuals online is a database of programs that award grants to individuals. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is available for in-library use only. Remote access is not available. This unique online foundation database of over 5,600 grant programs for individuals is searchable by foundation name, foundation city, foundation state, field of interest, type of support, geographic focus, company name, school name, and free text.

Training Opportunities

The Wilkens Library will announce workshops on effective use of Foundation Center resources for individuals and local non-profit organizations. Check the website for announcements.

If you would like to request a class or for more information, call the Wilkens Library Reference Desk: (508) 362-2131 x4343.


The FC Cooperating Collection maintains a current and comprehensive set of reference publications and other aids on all aspects of grant seeking and fund raising. These materials are for in-library use. Patrons of the collection may want to allow for extended or frequent visits to the FC Cooperating Collection in order to conduct thorough and effective searches.

Print resources in the Wilkens Library Reference Room include:

  • Board Member's Book (2003)
  • Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing (2007)
  • Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals (2003)
  • Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals (2008)
  • Foundation Directory Parts 1, 2 and 3 and Supplement (2010)
  • Foundation Fundamentals (2008)
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals (2008)
  • Foundations Today Series
  • Foundation Giving Trends (2008)
  • Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2008)
  • Foundation Yearbook (2008)
  • Guia para Escribir Propuestas (2008)
  • Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2008)
  • International Grantmaking IV (2008)
  • National Directory of Corporate Giving (2009)
  • Philanthropy Annual (2008)
  • Securing Your Organization's Future (2001)
  • Social Justice Grantmaking II (2008)

Helpful Links from the Foundation Center

Selection of Internet Resources for Grant Seekers