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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

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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  • 1.
    • Education Institute/Neal-Schuman Professional Education Network
    • Webinar
    • October 27, 2011
    Pam MacKellar [email_address] www.pamelamackellar.com
  • 2.  
  • 3.
    • The Grant Process Cycle
    • Importance of Planning
    • Identifying the Right Funder
    • Proposal Basics
  • 4.
    • 4 essential grant skills librarians have:
      • Finding information
      • Answering questions
      • Serving the community
      • Building relationships
  • 5.  
  • 6.  
  • 7.
    • Ask Ask These Key Questions:
    • Where you are going and how will you get there?
    • Do library programs and services relate to your mission and vision?
    • What are your community’s needs?
    • What do you want to accomplish?
    • What difference are you making for the people you serve?
  • 8.  
  • 9.
    • Addresses community needs
    • Offers something new, innovative or creative
    • Maximizes your resources
    • Offers a model that can be replicated
    • Has tangible outcomes or products
    • Has a reasonable budget and realistic timeline
    • Includes community partners
    • Has an evaluation plan that measures progress
    • Has SMART objectives
    • Causes a change in behavior, attitude, skill, life condition or knowledge in the people it serves
    • Is sustainable
  • 10. GRANTS ARE ABOUT PEOPLE … NOT MONEY OR THINGS
  • 11.
    • Common Project Components:
      • Goals, Objectives, Activities and Outcomes
      • Timeline
      • Budget
      • Evaluation Plan
    • Common Grant Proposal Components:
      • Goals, Objectives, Activities and Outcomes
      • Timeline
      • Budget
      • Evaluation Plan
  • 12.
    • Fundamentals of Teamwork
      • Common goals
      • Acknowledged interdependency and mutual respect
      • Common code of conduct
      • Team spirit and energy
      • Shared rewards
    • Initial Informal Meeting
    • First Team Meeting
  • 13.
    • Categories of Grants
      • Government:
        • Federal
        • State/Province
        • Local
      • Private:
        • Foundations
        • Corporations and Businesses
        • Clubs and Organizations
        • Professional and Trade Associations
    5. UNDERSTANDING THE SOURCES AND RESOURCES SOURCES
  • 14. RESOURCES
  • 15.
    • Identify and translate keywords
    • Select the resources
    • Work from general to specific
    • Record what you find
    • Organize your research
    • Match funder priorities with project goals
  • 16. Library Grants Blog http://librarygrants.blogspot.com/
  • 17.
    • Common Grant Proposal Components
      • Cover Letter, Title Sheet, Table of Contents
      • Proposal Abstract/Executive Summary
      • Organizational Overview
      • Statement of Needs
      • Project Description
      • Timeline/Activities
      • Budget
      • Evaluation Plan
      • Appendix
    • Tell the Story
    • Make Your Case
  • 18. FIRST CELEBRATE!
    • Thank your funder
    • Inform your grant team
    • Tell leadership and administration
    • Spread the word to the people you serve
    • Tell the community
  • 19.
    • Don’t give up
    • Ask for reviewers’ comments
    • Strategize a new approach
    • Revise and edit
    • Redesign project
    • Try another source
    • Look for partners
  • 20.  
  • 21.
    • Start with planning.
    • Grants are about people, not about money or things.
    • Project design and proposal writing are closely linked.
    • Grant work is a team effort.
    • Grant work requires support from your organization and leadership.
    • The interests of a funder must match the goals of your project.
    • Always follow the application directions and funder’s guidelines.
    • Grant work does not end when you hear from the funder about success or rejection.
    • If a library project does not meet a community need, you should not be doing it.
    • Developing working relationships with potential funders and partners is part of the grant process.
  • 22.
    • “ Good fortune often happens
    • when opportunity meets preparation.”
    • ~ Thomas Alva Edison
  • 23. COMING SOON!
  • 24. Pam MacKellar [email_address] www.pamelamackellar.com