Grant Resources

Access grant databases and grant educational materials at the San Marcos Public Library.  Simply log into a library computer or use COSM_Public WiFi to access these resources at no cost.  This page provides access to 3 premium grant databases and helpful links to educational and how-to videos.

Foundation Directory


Foundation Directory helps nonprofits find funding faster. Users can easily find local nonprofits where they can donate, work, or volunteer. Those in need can connect to essential resources, such as food banks or shelters. Visit the Candid Blog to learn more about Foundation Directory. Click here to begin your search! 

Grants To Individuals

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Search for grantmakers who fund scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid for students, researchers, artists, and more. Learn more here


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Find local nonprofits where you can donate, work, volunteer, or seek out services. Candid's GuideStar is the most comprehensive source of nonprofit information. This tool will allow you to look up more than 1.8 million nonprofits. Access GuideStar here for free!

Helpful Links

Follow these links to learn about local/regional philanthropic organizations and how to navigate the grant landscape.

  • Federal funding opportunities published on are for organizations and entities supporting the development and management of government-funded programs and projects
  • Assistance listings are detailed public descriptions of federal programs that provide grants, loans, scholarships, insurance, and other types of assistance awards
  • National Council of Nonprofits - Learn about nonprofit operations,  advocacy issues, and nonprofit trends.
  • Mission Capital - Provides assistance, training, and networking opportunities to Central Texas nonprofits.
  • Philanthropy Southwest - Regional philanthropic association of grantmakers in the Southwest U.S.
  • Foundation Directory How-To Videos - Brief instructional videos from Foundation Directory.
  • Candid Blog - Latest tips, tricks, and research to help ensure your grant search is a success.
  • Nonprofit Ready - Professional development, tutorials, and more