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Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians
Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H. MacKellar; Foreword by Susan Hildreth
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1473-1
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $108.00
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248 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1473-1
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C, I

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Newly revised and refreshed, this invaluable how-to manual will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource offers a proven, easy-to-understand process for grant success. Loaded with a wide variety of forms, worksheets, and checklists to help you stay organized, this book:
  • summarizes the grant process cycle and outlines a clear path to success;
  • shares inspiring grant success stories in action from diverse libraries;
  • offers guidance on gathering knowledge and conducting research, with updated resource lists and links to the various types of funders;
  • covers every stage of planning, including how to cultivate community involvement, methods for needs assessment, advice on organizing the grant team, and exercises to help you write realistic goals and objectives;
  • gives tips on writing the proposal, such as where to find the best statistics and census data to support your statement of needs;
  • advises how to announce a successful grant to the community, and other first steps of implementation, including the basic principles of project management;
  • provides guidance on what to do when you’re turned down and how to conduct an effective review session that keeps the process moving forward;
  • highlights ways to stay current through online discussion groups, blogs, networking groups, and more; and
  • features sample RFPs, budget templates, grant partnership documents, and many other helpful tools.
Written by two librarians who are experts in grantsmanship, this all-in-one toolkit for winning grants is a must-have for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone else involved in planning library programs and services.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Part I    The Grant Process Cycle

Chapter 1    Understanding the Grant Process

Phases of the Grant Process Cycle
Making the Commitment
Gathering Knowledge

Chapter 2    Planning for Success

Planning Is Essential for Success with Grants
Basics of Strategic Planning
Assessing and Prioritizing Community Needs
Common Plan Elements
Strategic Planning Resources
Monitoring and Updating Your Strategic Plan

Chapter 3    Discovering and Designing the Grant Project

What Is a Grant Project?
Teams in Grant Work
Importance of Partners and Collaborators
The Project Planning Process

Chapter 4    Finding Library Funders

Determining a Good Match
Government Funding for Libraries
Private Funding for Libraries

Chapter 5    Researching and Selecting the Right Grant Opportunity

Research Tips and Techniques
Top Resources for Finding Grant Opportunities
Researching Government Grant Resources
Researching Private Grant Resources
Staying Aware of New Grant Opportunities
Talking with Funders

Chapter 6    Creating and Submitting the Winning Proposal

Writing Tips
Collaborating within Your Organization
Role of Partners and Collaborators
Communicating with Funders
Application Review Process
Specifications and Requirements
Types of Applications
Key Grant Proposal Components
Submitting Your Application
Confirmation of Submission

Chapter 7    Getting Funded and Implementing the Project

After You Submit Your Application
When Your Project Gets Funded
What to Do If Your Project Is Not Funded
Implementing the Project

Chapter 8    Reviewing and Continuing the Process
Debrief and Review
Keep Your Project Plans Up-to-Date
Update Grant Proposal Components
Participate in Professional Development and Continuing Education
Foster Partnerships and Build Relationships
Join Fundraising Groups and Associations
Be a Grant Reviewer
Continue to Do the Research
Library Grants Blog
Tips for Grant Success
Good Luck

Part II    Library Grant Success Stories
Staff Innovation Fund™
The Wildcat Spot
Meet the Artist, Be the Artist: A Teaching-Artist in Residence
Muslim Journeys
Every Child Read to Read (ECRR)

Part III    Worksheets, Checklists, and Forms

Making the Commitment: A Checklist for Committing to Library Grant Work
Library Planning Checklist
Grant Partnership Agreement Worksheet
Strategic Plan Worksheet
Project Planning Worksheet
Project Action Steps Worksheet
Project Timeline Worksheet
Personnel Budget Worksheet
Nonpersonnel Budget Worksheet
Project Budget Worksheet
Evaluation Plan Worksheet
Keyword Selection Worksheet
Funder Summary Worksheet
Winning Grants Sources and Resources Handout
Questions for Funders Checklist
Grant Proposal Worksheet
Grant Submission Checklist
Debrief and Review Checklist

About the Authors

About the Authors

Stephanie Gerding is a library consultant with 20 years of experience supporting libraries and nonprofits. She has success in all areas of grant work as a reviewer, writer, trainer, project manager, and consultant. She has been a lead grant reviewer of LSTA grants, state grants, and scholarships at the Arizona State Library and New Mexico State Library, and she has reviewed grants and serves as an advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has been awarded national grants and has been a program coordinator for many grant-funded projects. Recent projects include project management for the IMLS/Gates grant-funded Continuing Education Connector project led by the Chief Officers of State Libraries (COSLA); evaluation of the LSTA-funded Infopeople Eureka! Leadership program; training needs assessments for state and national organizations. She is a trainer for the PLA’s national advocacy project, Turning the Page 2.0, Project Outcome, and developed the 2016 Dynamic Planning Institute. She has done consulting and training with TechSoup, PLA, and the Urban Libraries Council on the library technology benchmarking Edge Initiative. She leads webinars and online courses through Infopeople, PLA, NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library Information Network), PCI Webinars, and other library organizations. She is a board member for ALA’s Learning Round Table. She is author of three books, including The Accidental Technology Trainer.

Pamela H. MacKellar
is an author and library consultant who has worked in the library science field for over 30 years. She has held positions as a newspaper librarian, library director, assistant librarian, health sciences librarian, cataloger, technology consultant, and independent consultant in libraries of all kinds, including special, school, public, postsecondary, tribal, prison, and state. Author of Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide (Neal-Schuman, 2012) and The Accidental Librarian (Information Today, 2008), she has also written numerous articles, conducted workshops, and presented at many library conferences. She has designed and taught online courses and workshops on grants for libraries and nonprofits; written successful proposals for government and foundation grants; planned and administered grant projects; and reviewed grant proposals for federal and state agencies. She was the recipient of the 2010 Loleta D. Fyan Award from the American Library Association for an “Online Management Course for New Library Directors in New Mexico.” In addition, she designs and creates websites for small public libraries. She is also a printmaker, makes artist books, and teaches book arts classes.

”The book is organized so that it may be put down and picked up again after an extended period, and so that the reader may jump immediately to the section of particular interest … This book belongs in any library that may be considering a grant. Highly recommended."
— Catholic Library World

”This is a helpful, informative text that will be of great assistance to anyone considering writing a grant. It helps readers create a complete project plan and proposal and provides resources to help them narrow down the best potential donors.”

”Will prove to be an invaluable instructional guide for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone else involved in planning library programs and services."
— Library Bookwatch

”Grant writing for library programs and projects has just gotten easier! … Grant writing is not for the faint of heart and Winning Grants is a comprehensive resource for novice or expert grants writers seeking inspiration, examples, and other useful tools."

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