Technology Grants 101 March 2009

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  • 1. For the audio portion of this discussion, you will need to use your phone. Dial 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 Technology Grants for Libraries 101 A MaintainIT Webinar March 12, 2009 11 AM Pacific/Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern Time Zone *6 mute *7 un-mute
  • 2. Welcome! Dial-in Number: 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute/*7 un-mute Stephanie Gerding Brenda Hough
  • 3. http://WWW.MAINTAINITPROJECT.ORG Dial-in Number: 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute/*7 un-mute
  • 4.
    • Learn a step-by-step method for writing grant proposals,
    • find out where to easily locate grant opportunities, and
    • discover real library grant success stories.
    Ground we’ll cover: What are you hoping to get out of today’s discussion? Dial-in Number: 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute/*7 un-mute
  • 5. New to grant work?
    • Grant writing is really about three things librarians are great at:
      • finding information,
      • answering questions, and
      • building relationships.
    Dial-in Number: 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute/*7 un-mute
  • 6. Overview of Grant Work: The Grant Process Cycle
  • 7. It’s All About the People— Not the Stuff
    • The need is never for the equipment—not for the technology itself—but for solving a problem or addressing a need in your community.
      • How can the library help improve your community?
        • literacy, job seeking skills, educational support, reduce school drop-out rates, a safe place for teens, close digital divide
  • 8. Justifying Technology Needs
    • Builds capacity
    • Creates a new model of community communication
    • Empowers and engages customers
    • Saves staff time - efficiency and productivity
    • Provides disability access
    • Allows technology skills / job training
    • Extends the reach of the library into the community
    • Closes the digital divide between haves and have-nots
    • Organizes Volunteer opportunities and information
    • Enables data collection and measurement
  • 9. Success Stories Dial-in Number: 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute/*7 un-mute
  • 10. More Tech Grant Projects
    • RFID
    • Gaming
    • PAC management
    • Wireless
    • Laptops/Labs
    • Digital Audiobooks
    • Online homework help
    • Tech workshops
    • Access to databases
    • Digitizing local collections
    • Assistive technology
    • 24/7 reference
    • Statewide technology support staff
    • Staff training on tech
  • 11. Researching Funders
    • Categories of Grants
      • Government: Federal, State and Local
        • IMLS, LSTA, Parks and Rec
      • Private:
        • Foundations
        • Professional and Trade Associations
        • Corporations and Businesses
        • Clubs and Organizations
  • 12. Top 8 Sites to Search for Library Tech Grants
    • Library Grants Blog http://librarygrants.blogspot.com
    • Foundation Center RFP Bulletin http://www.fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp
    • Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov
    • IMLS http://www.imls.gov/applicants/name.shtm
    • National Endowment for the Humanities http://www.neh.gov/grants/index.html
    • National Network of Libraries of Medicine http://www.nnlm.gov/projects
    • The U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/fund/landing.jhtml?src=rt
    • State Libraries http://www.imls.gov/programs/libraries.shtm
  • 13. http://librarygrants.blogspot.com
  • 14. GRANTS.GOV
  • 15. The Ps
    • "Please" is the most important funding word, 8 other important Ps:
    Planning Passion Persuasion Purpose Precision Partnerships Positivity People
  • 16.  
  • 17.
    • $13 billion for Title I
    • $650 million for Enhancing Education Through Technology
    • $7.2 billion for Broadband
    • $53.6 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund
    • $120 million Senior Community Service Employment Program
    • Additional $130 mill for Rural Community Facilities Program
    • $4.24 billion & $1.33 billion for Military Libraries
  • 18. Top 8 Things You Can Do Now…. To Get Broadband Stimulus Funding
    • Inventory the connectivity at your library.
    • Assess telecommunications services & identify future needs.
    • Talk with campus or school administrators, local government officials and the governor’s office in your state.
    • Think collaboration and aggregation--contact potential partners.
    • Identify community employment & business needs/resources
    • Start thinking about “sustainability.”
    • Say “thanks” to senators & congressional reps for passing ARRA.
    • Think BIG!
    http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/woissues/washfunding/fedfund/Broadband%20Top%20Ten.pdf
  • 19. Print Resources
    • Annual Register of Grant Support. Information Today.
    • Big Book of Library Grant Money. American Library Association.
    • Grants for Information Technology, Grants for Libraries and Information Services, and the National Guide to Funding for Libraries and Information Services. Foundation Center.
    • Directory of Building and Equipment Grants: A Reference Directory Identifying Building, Renovation, and Equipment Grants Available to Nonprofit Organizations. Research Grant Guides.
    • Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians, Neal-Schuman.
  • 20. Online Communities
    • WebJunction and TechAtlas
    • Techsoup and MaintainIT
    Spend Less and Share the Wisdom!
  • 21. Eight Tasty Tidbits from Today!
  • 22. Questions? Comments? *6 mute *7 un-mute
  • 23. If you don’t ask, you won’t get!
    • “ I have tried raising money by asking for it, and by not asking for it. I always got more by asking for it.” --Millard Fuller, founder, Habitat for Humanity
    Plan, prepare, and then go for it! Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians , Gerding & MacKellar, Neal-Schuman.
  • 24. Thank you for attending today’s session!
    • Contact:
      • Brenda Hough [email_address]
      • Stephanie Gerding [email_address]
    • Visit the MaintainIT website:
      • www.maintainitproject.org