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Grant Seeking: Getting Started

A resource to help you find information about grant seeking and grant writing as well as basic fundraising information.

Grant Seeking - Grant Writing

Are you seeking funding?  For a nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) organization, or yourself? The Grant Seeking and Philanthropy guides developed by the Christopher Center team will help get you started.

Valparaiso University is a network partner within the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. Network partners provide visitors to the Christopher Center free access to the Foundation Directory Online Professional database, the Foundation Grants to Individuals database, the Foundation Maps database and books published by the Foundation Center. The databases are only available from computers within the Christopher Center during regular hours. Make a visit to campus to see all that the Valparaiso University Funding Information Network has to offer!

The Foundation Center maintains a free and extremely useful online resource called GrantSpace - Knowledge Base. GrantSpace organizes free online trainings, podcasts, sample documents, links to credible resources, and expert advice from Foundation staff on topics related to fundraising planning, proposal writing, finding funders, establishing a nonprofit, and government grants to individuals. Loads of high-quality information that would take hours to locate on your own -- a great place to start your grant seeking or non-profit research.  GuideStar is another wonderful source for grant seeking and grant writing information.  In addition to data, advice like the "Questions I'm Most Often Asked About Winning Foundation Grants" are useful.    

These pages provide you with suggested places to start your grant seeking research. Since research projects, areas of interest, and funding needs vary greatly, there might be additional grant seeking resources that would be useful to you. Use these pages as a place to start. If more resources are needed, contact Kim Whalen (information to the right) and she can provide you with additional suggestions.

Places to Start

Helpful Books and Guides

Valpo Faculty & Student Assistance

Get Help!

General face-to-face help is always available at the 2nd Floor Circulation Desk. 

Call us on the phone at 219.464.5500.

E-mail us via this link.

Have questions?

Kim Whalen
Email me at or call me at 219/464-5754 to set up a time to meet.

Or stop by my office, Room 267, in the Christopher Center. My availability varies daily so it is often best if we arrange a specific time to meet/talk.
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