From the National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) today launched a significant upgrade to the NACo Grants Clearinghouse which offers almost 10 times as many grant opportunities for counties.  Updated daily in real-time, the new clearinghouse boasts enhanced search features and up-to-date listings of federal, state, corporate and foundation grants available to counties and community-based organizations.

The original NACo Grants Clearinghouse had up to 100 grant opportunities at any one time while the new tool has nearly 1,000 grant opportunities for counties.  An instructional video is available on the NACo YouTube Channel.

NACo is joining with Grants Office LLC, a national grants development services firm, to provide the grants content for the tool through its GOstream application programming interface.  Grants Office LLC has been providing grants information and support to counties for more than 13 years.

With the substantial increase in the number of grants available, robust searching ability is an important feature.  With the original, users were able to search only using a pre-set list of categories.  The new clearinghouse is highly customizable as the user can now search by any word or term.

The tool also consists of a series of filters to help county users refine their search results.  Users can filter results by category, organization eligibility, funder type and state eligibility.  The category field represents important areas — such as economic development, emergency preparedness and response, and healthcare services — in which counties serve their residents.

Lastly, users can filter by the type of funder, as well as eligible states.

The new NACo Grants Clearinghouse provides more detailed descriptions of individual grants, including a summary of the grant, a history of grant program funding, contact information, and additional information such as grant stipulations and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number.

The NACo Grants Clearinghouse is free to all NACo members.  Visit www.nacogrants.org to use the new tool.  To learn more about NACo membership, visit www.naco.org/membership.