Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is a Funding Information Network Partner of Candid (formerly the Foundation Center) which is recognized as the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. Through Candid's Funding Information Network, all VBPL branches, including the TCC/City of VB Joint-Use Library, are able to provide free access to valuable Candid databases and resources that can help you:

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  • Research potential funders
  • Prepare grant proposals
  • Start a nonprofit
  • Plan fundraising activities
  • Explore topics related to philanthropy
  • Search for scholarships and grants for research

Candid Databases and Resources

Foundation Directory Professional (AVAILABLE IN LIBRARY ONLY)This comprehensive database provides access to information on grants and grant makers, allowing a grant seeker to do customized searches for their specific need. The database is continuously updated, offering the most accurate information on funders and their grants.

Grants to Individuals (AVAILABLE IN LIBRARY ONLY) A comprehensive database of foundations providing funding for students, researchers, artists, and other individual grant seekers.

Candid Learning – This website provides information and tools specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits and offers live and on-demand trainings, webinars, e-books, and other resources to improve fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency. Note: Free registration is required to use some of the resources.

IssueLab – This website collects and shares knowledge from the social sector as a means to help them do their jobs better and to deepen the impact of their efforts. Research and reports are available on over 30 Issue Areas. Additionally, curated Special Collections allow for deep dives into an issue, a current event or strategy.

Philanthropy News Digest – This website contains a digest of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. It includes a list of recent, searchable and subject-sorted Requests for Proposals by large national funders. Register for free to receive daily alerts for news, jobs, and RFPs of interest to you, subscribe to newsletters, or to submit a job posting.

Other Library Resources

GrantSelectThis database offers tens of thousands of up-to-date grants and other funding awards that are open for application.

Print Books
Search our catalog for books available on the following topics:

  • Starting a Nonprofit
  • Operating and Managing a Nonprofit
  • Grant/Proposal Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Boards
  • Scholarships
  • College Essays


  • The Chronical of Philanthropy
  • The Nonprofit Quarterly

Additional information may be found in the Resource Guides below:

The library periodically offers classes on grant-seeking for individuals and nonprofits.

Note: VBPL is not a funding agency and Library staff can point you to helpful resources but cannot research for you, make referrals to specific grant makers, or review your proposals.

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