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 Nov. 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

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Wednesday Nov. 11
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Learn from Grow with Google expert Petia Abdur-Razzaag on how to use YouTube to create compelling content and promote your business.

Event Details for Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Mompreneur Book Group

Wednesday Nov. 18
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Online Programs

A mompreneur is a business owner who is balancing the role of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Discuss books targeted to home-based businesses. This book is available with hoopla or as an ebook.

Event Details for Mompreneur Book Group

Diving Deeper into Library Resources for Nonprofits

Thursday Nov. 19
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Grant specialist, Zachary Huber, will provide an overview of the grants database Foundation Directory Online in addition to other library resources for nonprofit organizations.

Event Details for Diving Deeper into Library Resources for Nonprofits

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday Dec. 3
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

Research Tools

Business Book Summaries

Business Book Summaries provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively. Summaries also available in Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

Access Business Book Summaries Now

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.

Access Foundation Directory Online Now

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

Access Gale Legal Forms Now

Offers more than 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including design, business, office software and personal and professional goals.

Third-Party Provider:

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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 USA

Contains detailed information on millions of companies located in the U.S. and Canada as well as international companies in OneSource. It also includes job postings, U.S. and Canadian White Pages, healthcare providers and information on homeowners and lifestyles.

This database is built to be used with Chrome Browser or FireFox Browser.

Third-Party Provider: Infogroup

Access Reference USA Now

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

Access Small Business Builder Now

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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Nothing is more challenging for nonprofits than continuously asking for money. Fundraising is essential to every nonprofit agency, but fundraising is also the most difficult and competitive part of operations. You’ll find some individuals that love it and are very successful fundraisers, while others would rather get a root canal than solicit money from strangers (or worse – people they know).

Continue Reading: Elevate your nonprofit: Fundraising

I often mention to Library customers that grant writing is a holistic process in which the entire nonprofit organization is evaluated from its leadership to its long-term sustainability and everything in between. More than just the grant proposal is considered in the funding decision.

Continue Reading: Elevate your nonprofit: Leadership and management

Fundraising is difficult, no matter who you are. I’ve done it both as my job and as a board officer and neither is easy. What helps the most is preparation - know your talking points and your organization’s strengths and highlights. But more importantly, know your prospect. Being able to reach your donor in a meaningful way will ensure you are not wasting both your time and the donor’s.

Continue Reading: Elevate your nonprofit: Prospect Research

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 until spring 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please feel free to call David Topoleski, manager of the Business and Workforce Department, at (419) 259-5214 or email with questions.