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Click on the following links to browse through available grant training opportunities. Most are web-based and free to use, or labeled otherwise. is designed to help you search for grant opportunities throughout the Federal government. This user guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to find funding opportunities, develop applications, submit applications online, and how to track the progress of your application. training manual (PDF).



The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) has over 1,500 grant opportunities for users to browse and search at any one time. The training manual provided below helps users to tailor search results to find funding that matches their eligibility and needs.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) training manual (PDF).



The Tompkins County Community Foundation has compiled a referrence guide with tips to help put together a competitive grant application. This quick guide provides information about what the review team looks for, as well as helpful formatting suggestions.

Tompkins County Community Foundation application completion tips (PDF).



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.

Link to free "short-course" on proposal writing


Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

Looking for ways to make your grant application stand out? Stumped on how to evaluate your grant-funded program? Ready to measure or increase your program’s social impact? Find over 150 proven program evaluation tools and resources on TRASI. TRASI, a project of the Foundation Center, was developed in partnership with McKinsey & Companyand experts in the field to address the growing interest in measuring the impact of social investments. The assessment approaches included in the database were authored by a range of social investors, including foundations, NGOs, and microfinance institutions.

With TRASI you can:

Link to the TRASI website.