Grant Seekers

As an affinity group for grantmakers, the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network does not accept unsolicited proposals requesting support.  Nor does our staff make recommendations for specific organizations or projects to our funder members.  Decisions for collaboratively funding CBFN initiatives and special projects are handled by the individual member foundations based upon their discrete grantmaking criteria.

The CBFN invites you to view our Membership Page and follow the links to our members' websites to learn more about their grantmaking process.  In addition, listed below is a sampling of resources for grantseekers, including a list of upcoming RFPs from our members, aimed at helping organizations navigate the philanthropic sector:

Other Resources

  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.  It fulfills this mission through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy.
  • The Foundation Center is a leading sources of information about philanthropy worldwide.  It maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants, and operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a top news sources, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
  • Research - The database is searchable across 14 data elements to target and tailor foundation and grant research; Jankowski Research tracks, profiles, and reports on the billions in grants paid annually by the nation's new foundations.
  • is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 public grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.
  • The Grantsmanship Center provides a variety of resources, including trainings and publications, for nonprofit organizations and government agencies seeking grants.
  • GuideStar gathers and publicizes broad-based information about nonprofit organizations to promote transparency about the organizations and they work they do.

There are many associations for grantmakers throughout the Chesapeake Bay region that also offer resources for nonprofits or grantseekers such as common grant applications, membership directories, workshops and trainings, newsletters, and links to other resources that might not be listed above.  These include: