The City Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, providing free access to the best and most comprehensive information available on foundation and corporate giving. Funding Information Network locations provide Foundation Center resources and fundraising research guidance, professional staff to assist visitors, and other funding-related technical assistance. Specifically, Funding Information Network resources can be found on Level 3 of the Main Library, at the Glendale Branch, and at the Sweet Branch. Inquire at the Reference Desk in any of these locations for assistance in getting started with these resources.


The Library provides in-house access to three Foundation Center online databases: Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Foundation Maps.

NOTE: Users can access these online database resources from their personal device when logging in on-site at one of the Library locations listed with the database description below, or from a public computer terminal located in the respective locations.

Level 3 of the Main Library has two computers reserved for research using these online databases. Ask a Librarian for assistance logging on to these computers.


Database assistance is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, email or call the Level 3 Reference Desk directly at 801-322-8146 or Glendale Branch at 801-594-8660.


Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. Choose from over 1,100 indexed search terms or keyword-search. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code. Interactive maps and charts show a funder's giving trends, and you can view recipient lists and grant details. Foundation Directory Online Professional includes over 120,000 grantmaker profiles, over 5 million grant records, over 4,000 company profiles, and over 700,000 grantmaker 990/990-PFs. Available only at the Main Library, Glendale Branch, and Sweet Branch.

Foundation Grants To Individuals Online is a comprehensive database of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals seeking scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, arts and cultural projects, research and general welfare. Available in all City Library locations.

Foundation Maps is the Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their
                                            impact. Available only at the Main Library.


Can I get a grant to fund an art project?

Some foundations make grants to individuals for personal projects such as art work. You can search these foundations in the Grants to Individuals Online database, available at all City Library locations.

You may also consider a fiscal sponsorship, a formal arrangement where a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization allows you to apply for grants using its nonprofit status, thus making you eligible for foundation grants you would not otherwise be able to apply for.


Can I get a grant to fund my education?

Some foundations provide support for students, and you can find those foundations in the Grants to Individuals Online database, available at all City Library locations. However, before searching for foundation grants, students should follow the usual avenues for finding financial aid: filling out a FAFSA, consulting scholarship directories, contacting the financial aid department of the institution(s) they plan to attend, etc.


Can I get a grant to help pay personal expenses?

Very few foundations give emergency funds to individuals. Government programs and local charities are a much better source for assistance with personal expenses such as housing, medical bills or debt. Below you will find some resources that may be useful to you in finding assistance.

  • United Way 2-1-1—Dial 2-1-1 from any land line in Utah to be connected with an Information Specialist who can help you find the resources you need.

  •—A U.S. Government website that provides citizens with easy, online access to benefit and assistance programs. Click here for a more information about government assistance and links to the most popular government benefits by topic.

  • Modest Needs—Short-term financial assistance to working individuals and families in temporary crisis.