Grants and Foundation Center Online Resources

St. Louis Public Library’s Grants and Foundation Center provides resources for local nonprofit organizations, including subscription access to the Candid (formerly the Foundation Center) databases Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and Grants to Individuals at Central Library (1301 Olive Street). 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Library staff is providing “concierge” nonprofit grant research for customers who complete this Google Form, and Candid has provided remote access to a version of FDO (see below for link). Customers can also make an appointment to use the databases for up to one hour in the Social Sciences room at Central. Call 314 539-0357 or email gfc@slpl.org, opens a new window to reserve a time to use FDO.


Foundation Directory Online Professional

Candid's premier fundraising tool gives nonprofit grant-seekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO Professional makes fundraising quick and efficient. As noted above, Candid is providing remote access to FDO Essential, a somewhat scaled-back (but still fairly robust) version of FDO.

Grants to Individuals 

Candid’s searchable database can be used to find detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals. The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage. Be aware, however, “that most foundations prefer to give grants to nonprofit organizations” as stated in this Knowledge Base article on Candid’s website, Candid Learning.


Please contact the Grants and Foundation Center at 314 539-0357 or email gfc@slpl.org, opens a new window if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.

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