General Sites. There are many of these. I selected a few below that I believe are the best of the lot. If you find a really good one, post it to the class Bulletin Board and I'll add it. Note, finding one site often leads to others.
Private Sites. Really only one major source, although information on foundations is found is a number of other places. Note the print source of the Foundation Directory is much easier to search.
American Association of School Librarians. Awards and Grants..
Community of Science Web Server. This site requires institutional membership for use. The University of North Carolina is a member and the site should be available to you if you access this page on campus. It is primarily for researchers.
Digital Divide. Funding for a broad range of programs and projects related to equal access to technology.
Funding and Grant Sources for Libraries and Librarians. Maintained by Library HQ.Com. Many library websites dealing with grants, scholarships and fundraising, some commercial partnership opportunities, a few foundations and a few books.
Funding Your Technology Dreams -- Essential Resources for Grant Seekers. A personal site from Sheryl Absire, Administrative Coordinator of Technology for the Calcasieu Paris Schools, LA. Accessed 10/14/2002. This site was highlighted in School Library Journal (April 2001, p. 31). It has many useful funding sources or sites with links to other resources -- primarily for school librarians although others may find items of interest as well. Grants Web. Everything you might want to know about finding and writing grants.
SchoolGrants!. SchoolGrants was created to help K-12 folks locate and apply for grants. It was created in August 1999 and was last updated December 23, 2001. The site publishes a newsletter and maintains a listserv that can be subscribed to. The "Grant Opportunities" section is divided into categories such as Federal, State, Foundations with deadlines, foundations without deadlines, Foundations in geographical areas, etc. A worthwhile place for school librarians to investigate.
University of Wisconsin Madison Grants Information Center -- Resources for Nonprofit Organizations. Includes a special section entitled "Grant Resources for Librarians and Library Education." Last updated Aug. 15, 2002.
Yahoo's Grants page, a listing of the most popular site for grants for education.
The Foundation Center. See particularly The Foundation Center's Literature of the Nonprofit Sector; The Foundation Center's Online Catalog with Abstracts. Other useful information on this site includes a prospect worksheet similar to the one linked from the Funding Source assignment but perhaps more refined. A Common Grant Application Form used by several granting agency may be useful. Perhaps for the 450 course a really useful reading is available on this site, entitled Proposal Writing Workshop. It's worth reading. Alternatively, there is a Online Orientation to the Grantseeking Process that might be more fun for you to do, although it is heavily geared to FC products.Public Sites -- Federal Level. Many of these are listed in the general sources above. A few of the major sources are listed separately here because of their potential importance or usefulness to you.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance This is the place to begin when searching for federal granting programs. Note: this site also contains a good introduction to grantwriting -- Developing and Writing Grant Proposals. A good exercise would be to compare this article to the workshop from the Foundation Center listed above.Public Sites -- State Level. There are many. I list North Carolina particularly.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency that provides support to the two named types of organization through a series of grant programs. IMLS is a sister agency to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Check out the Grant Programs for Library Services and the programs for Library-Museum Collaboration. IMLS has a newsletter than will be sent to you via email on your request.
National Endowment for the Humanities. A good source for a variety of grant programs -- most offered every year. Currently an essay contest for high school juniors with a $5,000 prize.
U.S. Dept. of Education. Has lots of aid opportunities. Check the Grants and contracts tab.
Federal Government Internet Library Sites contains pointers to the major federal libraries -- Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Medicine and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Some (notably NLM) have their own granting programs.
Official US Executive Branch Web Sites maintained by the Library of Congress provides names and links to all the federal agencies, most of who have granting programs.
The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. This will be of interest to academic librarians. Distance education and international education seem to be "hot topics" at the moment.
State Libary of North Carolina. Library Services and Technology Act Project Funding Grants.. Look at the Powerful Partners Collaboration Grants for collection money dedicated to school libaries (requires a matching amount from another source). Public Schools of North Carolina. Educators. Scroll down and look at listings under Awards, Grants and Fellowships.