Help and Tutorials

This page is designed to provide help and assistance using a variety of funding databases and other information. This is definitely a work in progress, so please check back for more updates and tutorials.

Content Overviews

This section has information on topics and content, such as how to find grants and write proposals. Grantspace, the classroom page of the Foundation Center, has many recorded webinars and other training opportunities for grantseekers. As a network partner of the Foundation Center, we are trained by their staff to help you. Below is a selection of free webinars that include their versions of in-person workshops taught through the Grants Information Collection, as well as a few others that may be of interest. Each link will take you to a brief description of the content, access to slides (if one is taught here, there will be a link to our slides as well), and then click on Watch the Webinar to view.

Introduction to Finding Grants
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants. Access the local version of the workshop materials.

There is also an online version, with interactive components.

Introduction to Proposal Writing
This recording will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. Access the local version of the workshop materials.

There is also an online version, with interactive components.

Introduction to Project Budgets
This recording will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

Before you Seek a Grant
This course is geared towards representatives of community groups without nonprofit status or new nonprofits with very little experience in grantseeking in general. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

Database Overviews

COS Pivot Overview

20 minute video on how to use COS Pivot.