Winning Library Grants: A Game Plan

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Tightening budgets and ever-shrinking sources for funding have made winning grants more important than ever before. But where should a library grant novice begin? Right here, of course. Herbert B. Landau, the author of The Small Public Library Survival Guide and an experienced marketer and manager, offers a practical and comprehensive manual that guides you through grant fundamentals. His game plan will help you

  • Find relevant funders by analyzing eligibility criteria
  • Write and prepare grant applications using the winning examples included, and evaluate outcomes to pave the way for success with future proposals
  • Increase your chances for success by using additional tactics, such as pre- and post-submission marketing, to "sell" your institution to a funder

Whether you're a newbie taking on the process for the first time or an experienced administrator looking to shore up finances, this book will help you find the dollars your library needs.

List of Figures

1 You Too Can Be a Successful Grant Winner
2 Grantsmanship Fundamentals, Definitions, and Rules
3 Pre-Proposal Market Analysis and Planning
4 Finding Grants and Granting Organizations Relevant to Libraries
5 Initiating Contact with Grantors
6 Obtaining Solicited Competitive Grant Application Packages
7 Pre-Proposal Research and Fact-Finding
8 Proposal Management and Project Planning
9 Proposal Writing Style
10 Proposal Writing Section by Section
11 Proposal Assembly, Editing, Review, and Submission
12 Post-Proposal, Pre-Award Marketing
13 Contract Award and Project Management
14 Writing a Request for Proposal
15 Conclusion: Why Become a Grantsman (or Grantswoman)?

Appendix A Sample Grantor Prospect Worksheets
Appendix B Sample Grant Final Report to a Foundation
Resources on Winning Library Grants

Herbert B. Landau

Herbert B. Landau is Executive Director of the Lancaster Public Library of Lancaster, PA. While in his previous position as Director of the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy, PA., that library received the AARP's Award of Excellence for Services to Seniors and was a Pennsylvania Not-For-Profit Innovation Awards Contest finalist, and was named the 2006 Best Small Library in America by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Library Service.

"The book is well organized and contains enlightening sections on doing market analysis and finding grants and granting organizations ... Recommended."

"Landau presents a game plan that serves as an excellent framework for thinking about sources of grants, and winning them ... This book can be read through for a framework of the process, or easily dipped into for specific information or inspiration. Doubling as a refresher for experienced grant writers, this book will be sought after and become well used, especially by those who have written grant applications in the past but who feel could or should have been more effective and successful."
--The Australian Library Journal

"With its unassuming style, Winning Library Grants: A Game Plan provides a detailed blueprint of the grant writing process that even a novice can follow. ... the material included would be valuable to any librarian interested in learning more about grant writing and likely includes some new tricks for those who have already been through it. This would also be an excellent read for library school students looking for ways to make themselves more valuable after landing that first librarian job."
--Journal of Library Innovation