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Writing 130 (Ocena): Finding Grants

Topics in Professional Writing

Find a Grant

Here are a few places to locate grants.

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a database that helps nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. This tool includes grantmaker information and funding history.

We are working on getting a free trial of this database, but there are a few places in the Central Valley (none in Merced) where you can use the database in-person.

  • The Modesto Library branch of the Stanislaus County Library (1500 I Street, Modesto) offers the FDO database for in-person use. Contact the Library at 209.558.7800 for more information.
  • The Central Library branch of the Fresno County Public Library (2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno) offers the FDO database for in-person use. Contact the Library at for more information.
  • The Central Valley Foundation Center's Center for Research in Fresno offers the FDO database and for in-person use. Contact about accessing the Center for Research.

Find more libraries and organizations that provide access by visiting

Search Tips

You can also run searches in Google to find grant opportunities. Here are some examples:

The idea is that you need try a number of keywords and combinations. You can even try to include geographic terms like California or Merced to pinpoint state or local opportunities. Mix and match!

Don't know what AND and OR do to your search?

Curious about the use of quotation marks in your searches?

See Boolean, Truncation, and Quotes under the Using Search Strategies tab to learn more.