Grant & Nonprofit Support

General Grant Information

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers a collection of materials and services in support of nonprofit organizations. Our staff is ready to help you:

  • Find funding
  • Start a nonprofit
  • Research prospective donors
  • Develop a strategic or fundraising plan

Need help getting started? Email our Business & Workforce Department or call 419.214.6131 to set up an appointment.

Our Grants Specialist can also do a personalized grants search for nonprofit organizations and individuals. Simply complete this FORM and your results will be emailed back to you.

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Business Development Programs

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Aug. 5
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright, and be available to answer your questions.

Event Details for Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Prospect Research 101

Tuesday Aug. 24
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Learn to use library and other public resources to develop a prospect research program.

Event Details for Prospect Research 101

GrantsLab: Tackling the Narrative

Thursday Sep. 2
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Get a bite-sized overview on how to draft the narrative of a grant proposal.

Event Details for GrantsLab: Tackling the Narrative

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Sep. 2
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks and copyright, and be available to answer your questions.

Event Details for Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

One Year Action Plan for Success

Wednesday Sep. 8
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

This 4 session program will take your business plan and create an operational and strategic plan that will be true to your mission and core values while activating your vision and goals.

Event Details for One Year Action Plan for Success

One Year Action Plan for Success

Wednesday Sep. 15
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Main Library

This 4 session program will take your business plan and create an operational and strategic plan that will be true to your mission and core values while activating your vision and goals.

Event Details for One Year Action Plan for Success

Research Tools

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online covers information on all 220,000 U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding by providing the most exhaustive and up-to-date knowledge and insight on the social sector to fuel any fundraising mission.

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Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Third-Party Provider: Gale

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Legal GPS

Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.


Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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LinkedIn Learning (formally Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning offers unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials as part of over 13,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts in seven languages.

Using the LinkedIn Learning app: iOs or Android
First time app: users will be asked to enter the "libraryname" at the end of the URL: OH0215

Third-party Provider: LinkedIn Learning

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Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more. The database is searchable by advanced criteria and resources are able to be downloaded and printed.

Third-Party Provider: Mergent Inc

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Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion).

Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

Third-Party Provider: Data Axle

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Small Business Builder

Get a step-by-step guide to creating and completing a business plan. Explore entrepreneurial interests and opportunities, learn about the nonprofit sector and how to grow and position your business for long-term success and more.

Third-Party Provider: Gale

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Small Business Reference Center

Watch videos and browse sources on a variety of business areas from accounting to marketing to operations. Get industry information by small business type and learn business basics.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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If you work with/support a nonprofit that has experienced financial difficulties during the pandemic, your Toledo Lucas County Public Library is here to assist.

Continue Reading: Assistance for Nonprofits

If you’re a business owner who’s struggling, we can help!

Continue Reading: Business Assistance During COVID-19

Work Space

at Main Library

Looking to start or grow your small business? Need a space to create and work on your next project? Our Work Space offers individuals and organizations the opportunity to establish a home base for up to 3 months.

The Work Space is unavailable at this time. Please feel free to call David Topoleski, manager of the Business and Workforce Department, at (419) 259-5214 or email business@toledolibrary.org with questions.