Nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking grants find excellent resources at The Westport Library.  Using powerful online tools and current books, grantseekers boost their skills and knowledge and position themselves to succeed. For individualized assistance or training in using the databases, make an appointment to meet with a librarian.


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  • The Library has the distinction of being a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy.

  • The Center’s three powerful databases are accessible free of charge on Library computers.   Foundation Directory Online Professional  (for nonprofits) and Grants to Individuals help grantseekers identify foundations that award grants in their fields of interest.  Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool that grantseekers use to gather intelligence to  craft compelling grant proposals. 

  • The Grants and Nonprofits Center, located near the reference desk, showcases books on a comprehensive range of nonprofit topics including:  grant seeking, fundraising, proposal writing, management, marketing, Boards of Directors and governance, finance, and more.


  • Take advantage of the Library’s free meeting spaces. Rooms for up to 5 people are available on a drop-in basis. Conference rooms for up to 125 are available with advance reservations by calling 203.291.4858 or via our online form.

  • Use the Library’s high-speed wireless service on your laptop.  In case of a computer emergency, use the Library’s public computers, scanners, and printers to get your work done.

  • For your convenience, you can find beverages, sandwiches, and snacks on-site at the Library Cafe. Net profits of the Café support the Library.