Foundation Grants

Helping You Get Grants

The Golden Group has been helping people get grants since 1976.

Competition for foundation grants is keen. The Golden Group can help you access the $47 billion which is distributed in grants annually by the over 88,000 foundations in the U.S.

We research foundations which are appropriate for your work. We have access to FDOnline [Foundation Directory Online, the database of the Foundation Center Library], one of the premiere databases in the field. We help you identify people you know who either are decision-makers themselves, or are in touch with them. We structure your approach strategically.

If you’re in Northeast Ohio, we also provide information about how grant-making decisions are made in local foundations, who influences such decisions, and how to influence them.

If you’re working on a national project, or one which may be replicated nationally, we have experience helping clients obtain major (over $250,000) grants from national foundations, including:

  • Ford Foundation (NY),
  • Lilly Endowment (IN),
  • Retirement Research (IL),
  • Robert Wood Johnson (NJ),
  • The Cleveland Foundation (OH), and
  • W. K. Kellogg (MI).


We understand the power dynamic between grantseeker and grantmaker.  We also appreciate that current grantees have an advantage, and we know what it takes to break through the many barriers to obtain that first grant!

Whatever you do, don’t be among the thousands of disappointed grant seekers who get polite letters saying, “We send you nothing but our best wishes.” 

Work with the Golden Group and get results!

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