Funding Information Center Resources

FIC Audiovisuals

The Funding Information Center videos are made available to residents in the state of Texas through the Department of State Health Services Audiovisual Library.

To borrow one of the videos below, contact the Audiovisual Library at 512-776-7260 or toll-free 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7260 during the business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, by email at, via the Audiovisual Library website at /avlib/, or by mail.

The Audiovisual Library mailing address is:

Audiovisual Library, MC 1975
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347 


Crowdfunding and Grants: Developing a Persuasive Proposal. 2014. DVD. 20 min. (DV 1209)
Are you trying to raise money for a worthy community cause? Finding money for your cause or program can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin. This program explores two popular fundraising methods to help you identify likely funders and develop a winning proposal or crowdfunding campaign. The two methods are grant writing and crowdfunding. How do you find the right foundation to match your vision? What are the differences between crowdfunding platforms? Writing clearly and persuasively is the key to successfully attracting the attention and approval of donors. Using examples of a band looking to record their first album (crowdfunding) and a nurse looking to start a local elder care awareness initiative (grants), this program provides steps and tips to help you reach your funding goals.

Crowdfunding and Grants: Reaching Your Financial Goal. 2014. DVD. 18 min. (DV 1210)
For many people, the hardest and most overwhelming part of preparing a grant request or crowdfunding campaign is the budget. This program breaks down the basics of what a budget should include, as well as how to create budgets that are clear and realistic. Areas discussed include the budget narrative, direct costs, shared costs or in-kind contributions, and matching grants. It also explores what makes a successful crowdfunding campaign, from understanding the funding platform rules and fees to creating a pitch video and using social media to grow your base of supporters and donors. There is an art to knowing just what perks to offer donors for their various levels of support, and winning a grant often has more to do with building solid fiscal relationships than the merits of the project alone.

Grants and Proposal Writing. 2008. DVD. 120 min. (DV 0392)
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this recorded class at the Texas Dept. of State Health Services presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process is addressed, including documenting the need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, and developing a work plan, an evaluation plan, and a dissemination plan. Viewers will learn how to identify online resources to search for funding, describe the basic sections of a proposal, identify types of documents necessary to include with a proposal, and recognize common mistakes of proposal writers. The presenter is Michelle Malizia of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

The Non-Profit Audio Toolkit. 2003. 8 audio-CDs running times are listed below. (AC 0001)
Workshop presentations from the 2003 Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education Conference. Managing Time and Projects (51:13). The Importance of Effective Boards (67:07). Common Mistakes Managers Make (68:23). Holding Great Meetings that Make the Difference (50:45). Telling Stories to Change Beliefs, Attitudes and Perceptions (42:41). Developing an Effective Public Relations Communications Strategy (41:49). Mediating Group Differences, The Team Conflict Mediation Process (62:20). Get Things Done, Ten Secrets of Creating and Leading Exceptional Teams (74:15).

Strengthening Your Non-Profit Organization: A Literacy Case Study. 2003. DVD. 175 min. (DV 0005)
This video showcases the San Benito Literacy Center as an example of a successful non-profit organization. Focuses on strategic thinking, boards of directors, volunteer participation, and public relations.

For more information about the Funding Information Center or to check out audiovisual materials, please provide your name, address, phone number, and email address using the information provided below:


Mailing Address:

Funding Information Center, MC 1955
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347


FIC Books

The Funding Information Center (FIC) allows its clients access to a library of funding and nonprofit management resources. The collection includes materials that may be checked out to clients for a two-week loan period.

Funding Information Center Books

The FIC collection includes publications on public and private sources of funding, fund-raising and grantsmanship, nonprofit management, program planning, and other topics related to public health funding. The FIC also owns audiovisuals.


Who May Borrow

Before books may be requested, individuals in Texas must be on the FIC mailing list and sign a Statement of Responsibility form (interactive .pdf file, file viewing information). Click here for the HTML web version.
The form can be emailed for immediate response to your request. Only one signed form is necessary. There is no cost other than the underlined criteria in the statement of responsibility form.

Clients may request up to three items by email. Business hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday.

For more information on the FIC's collection, contact the FIC staff by email: 


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