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 Grant Preparation and Planning Tools


Grant Training Opportunities 

Click on the following links to browse through available grant training opportunities. Most are web-based and free to use, or labeled otherwise.


The Finger Lakes Grants Information Center (FLGIC) is located in Auburn, New York. They offer free training sessions on topics ranging from "Finding Funders," to "Proposal Writing," to "Budgeting Basics." Most training sessions are free, but require registration in advance. The FLGIC also provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, all useful in finding grant opportunities.

Link to Finger Lakes Grants Information Center training sessions in Auburn, New York.


The Foundation Center is provides training on seeking grants from philanthropic organizations, both in person and over the internet. Many of the center's training opportunities have fees associated with them, however they also offer several free online "short-courses" on various subjects.


Link to the Foundation Center grant training.


Grant Planning/Writing Tools:

Read about Grant Proposal Planning here (PDF).

Read about Grant Writing Strategy here (PDF).


Browse an alphabetical list of Grant Terminology here.


The Foundation Center has a grant writing "short course" available to help you draft your proposal and budget:

Link to Foundation Center grant writing "short course."


Other Resources:


Many grants require that you have a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number.

Link to Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) registration page.


Many agencies/departments require you to register with System for Award Management (SAM) before procuring your awarded funds (instructions given at the website).

Link to System for Award Management (SAM) main page.


Tompkins County demographic and socioeconomic data can be useful in filling out certain grant applications. Such data can be found through the Planning Department's links to the American Community Service and Census data.

Link to Planning Department data site.


The Tompkins County Human Services Coalition has complied a list of foundations you can browse and see the range of available competitive grant opportunities. This resource allows you to learn about the mission, funding priorities, application process, and typical grant size of each of the foundations listed.

Tompkins County Human Services Coalition Foundation Directory (PDF).