The search for foundations and funding sources for archival or manuscript projects can be frustrating and confusing. By one estimate, there are fifty thousand foundations and agencies in the United States providing funds for all manner of projects . As if to make matters worse, the wealth of information available on these foundations and agencies can easily overwhelm the uninitiated. How can anyone hope to sort out the agencies potentially interested in archives and manuscripts from such an enormous number of sources of funding? The search need not be a burden if archivists use common sense, carefully evaluate potential funding sources, and tap available grant information services and reference works .