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

Make Your Website Work For You

Wednesday Apr. 28
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.

Event Details for Make Your Website Work For You

Sell Online with Email Marketing Tools

Wednesday May. 5
at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Part of the Grow with Google Digital Series, this workshop will cover email marketing skills for small business owners.

Event Details for Sell Online with Email Marketing Tools

Tell Your Nonprofit's Story with GuideStar

Thursday May. 6
at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Learn how to leverage the power of GuideStar to choose what tens of millions of potential donors see about your organization by earning a 2021 GuideStar Seal of Transparency.

Event Details for Tell Your Nonprofit's Story with GuideStar

Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney

Thursday May. 6
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

Business Boost

Thursday May. 20
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

Businesses need an edge over their competition and the owner who works smarter is often the one who gets ahead.

Event Details for Business Boost

One-Year Action Plan for Success

Wednesday Jun. 2
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Online Programs

This four-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

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

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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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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 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 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.