Winning Grants

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An overview of the Grant Process Cycle, a step-by-step method for librarians, presented on October 27, 2011 for Education Institute, Ontario Library Association

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Winning Grants

  1. 1. <ul><li>Education Institute/Neal-Schuman Professional Education Network </li></ul><ul><li>Webinar </li></ul><ul><li>October 27, 2011 </li></ul>Pam MacKellar [email_address] www.pamelamackellar.com
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Grant Process Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the Right Funder </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal Basics </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>4 essential grant skills librarians have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answering questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building relationships </li></ul></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>Ask Ask These Key Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Where you are going and how will you get there? </li></ul><ul><li>Do library programs and services relate to your mission and vision? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your community’s needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul><ul><li>What difference are you making for the people you serve? </li></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>Addresses community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Offers something new, innovative or creative </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes your resources </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a model that can be replicated </li></ul><ul><li>Has tangible outcomes or products </li></ul><ul><li>Has a reasonable budget and realistic timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Includes community partners </li></ul><ul><li>Has an evaluation plan that measures progress </li></ul><ul><li>Has SMART objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Causes a change in behavior, attitude, skill, life condition or knowledge in the people it serves </li></ul><ul><li>Is sustainable </li></ul>
  6. 10. GRANTS ARE ABOUT PEOPLE … NOT MONEY OR THINGS
  7. 11. <ul><li>Common Project Components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals, Objectives, Activities and Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common Grant Proposal Components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals, Objectives, Activities and Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Plan </li></ul></ul>
  8. 12. <ul><li>Fundamentals of Teamwork </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledged interdependency and mutual respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common code of conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team spirit and energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared rewards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial Informal Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>First Team Meeting </li></ul>
  9. 13. <ul><li>Categories of Grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State/Province </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations and Businesses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs and Organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional and Trade Associations </li></ul></ul></ul>5. UNDERSTANDING THE SOURCES AND RESOURCES SOURCES
  10. 14. RESOURCES
  11. 15. <ul><li>Identify and translate keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Select the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Work from general to specific </li></ul><ul><li>Record what you find </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your research </li></ul><ul><li>Match funder priorities with project goals </li></ul>
  12. 16. Library Grants Blog http://librarygrants.blogspot.com/
  13. 17. <ul><li>Common Grant Proposal Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover Letter, Title Sheet, Table of Contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal Abstract/Executive Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statement of Needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline/Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appendix </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tell the Story </li></ul><ul><li>Make Your Case </li></ul>
  14. 18. FIRST CELEBRATE! <ul><li>Thank your funder </li></ul><ul><li>Inform your grant team </li></ul><ul><li>Tell leadership and administration </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the word to the people you serve </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the community </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>Don’t give up </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for reviewers’ comments </li></ul><ul><li>Strategize a new approach </li></ul><ul><li>Revise and edit </li></ul><ul><li>Redesign project </li></ul><ul><li>Try another source </li></ul><ul><li>Look for partners </li></ul>
  16. 21. <ul><li>Start with planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Grants are about people, not about money or things. </li></ul><ul><li>Project design and proposal writing are closely linked. </li></ul><ul><li>Grant work is a team effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Grant work requires support from your organization and leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>The interests of a funder must match the goals of your project. </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow the application directions and funder’s guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Grant work does not end when you hear from the funder about success or rejection. </li></ul><ul><li>If a library project does not meet a community need, you should not be doing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing working relationships with potential funders and partners is part of the grant process. </li></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>“ Good fortune often happens </li></ul><ul><li>when opportunity meets preparation.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Thomas Alva Edison </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 23. COMING SOON!
  19. 24. Pam MacKellar [email_address] www.pamelamackellar.com

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