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Grants: About Grants

Grants information and assistance.

What Are Grants?

A grant is a sum of money given by a governmental agency or private organization to an institution, usually a nonprofit organization or individual for a specific purpose, such as education or funding for construction or equipment purchases.

Who Gives Grants?

Grants are given out by many different types of organizations. Usually grants are given by foundations, which are nonprofit organizations tasked to organize charitable funding. The government, at the city, state, and federal levels, also awards grants. These grants are usually intended to fund programs, agencies, or nonprofits working on specific issues. 

Who Uses Grants?

Grants are utilized by two types of users: nonprofit organizations and individuals.  

Nonprofit organizations are organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Individuals usually obtain grants for educational funding.  

The Nonprofit Resource Center Mission Statement


Foundation Center Resources

The East Baton Rouge Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of The Foundation Center which is located in the River Center Branch Library in downtown Baton Rouge. Funding Information Network partners are free information centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center materials and other resources that are useful to grant-seekers as well as access to two Foundation Center databases.   

East Baton Rouge Public Library Print Resources

All East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library branches have books on grant proposal guide writing and starting your own business. At the River Center Branch we house, in addition to the Metasoft and Foundation Center electronic resources, many print resources that can be used either in-house or checked out. Stop by today to see what we have to offer or call us at (225) 389-4967.