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Grant Research

Temporary Online Access

Access to Foundation Directory Online Essential is limited to a 24-hour consecutive period per month from outside of the library.


To access Foundation Directory Online Professional, please call or visit the Busch Annapolis Library.


One-on-One Training

Meet for a one-on-one appointment to learn the basics of searching the Foundation Directory Online. Register now, call (410) 222-1750 or visit the Busch Annapolis Library for more information and to schedule a one-hour appointment.


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Virtual Grants Workshops.

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Funding Information Network by Candid

Candid Resources

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online Professional
(Busch Annapolis Library Only)
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a fundraising database that gives grantseekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient.

Grants to Individuals by Candid

Grants to Individuals
(Busch Annapolis Library Only)
Get detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals. NEW: The database also provides direct access to Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.

Candid Learning

Candid Learning
Available anywhere, this free resource connects grant researchers to resources including online trainings, knowledge base articles, and sample documents.

GuideStar by Candid

Available anywhere, this free resource lets you search for information about nonprofits by location or subject area. Also, existing nonprofits can attract potential funders by adding additional information to their organization's GuideStar page.



Please note: AACPL library card numbers cannot be used for Candid Overdrive checkouts. Candid ebooks are not available on the library's online catalog.


Candid is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. They help grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. As a Funding Network Information Network partner, the Michael E. Busch Library acts as a resource center for our local grantseeking community.

Additional Resources

  • Database with detailed records for millions of U.S. businesses and consumers. Used to conduct job searches, look for sales leads, find new business opportunities and suppliers, locate out-of-town companies, track down addresses and phone numbers, and conduct market research. Search for companies by state, county, area and zip codes, industry, product code, revenues and more.

  • Includes Ward's Business Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations, and National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.

  • Provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics as diverse as 21st-century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, homeschooling, and more. Updated daily, Leadership and Management is useful for researchers or any educator interested in professional development.