Winning Library Grants


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Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your budget is flat or shrinking and provide many benefits (in addition to funding!). Wish you knew more about applying for grants? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? This webinar is easy to understand, motivating, and full of valuable tips.

Discover the confidence and knowledge to win grants, find out the best method for writing grant proposals, and learn all the steps to successful grant work. Stephanie Gerding will share practical advice, easy grants for beginners, and valuable worksheets and resource lists. We’ll also learn about free resources for finding funding opportunities and valuable discounted software products to aid your grant work. Discover how to develop a compelling case for technology grants.

You’ll be excited, motivated, and ready with the knowledge needed to apply the basic process of grant work.

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Winning Library Grants

  1. 1. talks!Winning GrantsJune 23, 2011 Sponsored byAudio is only available by calling this number:Conference Call: 866-740-1260; Access Code: 6339392
  2. 2. Using ReadyTalk• Chat & raise hand• All lines are muted• If you lose your internet connection, reconnect using the link emailed to you.• If you lose your phone connection, re-dial the phone number and re-join.• ReadyTalk support: 800-843-9166Winning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  3. 3. You are being recorded…• This seminar will be available on the TechSoup website along with past webinar presentations: –• You will be emailed a link to this presentation, material and resources.• After the webinar, you can ask follow-up questions in our Community Forum: –• Twitter hashtag: #techsoupWinning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  4. 4. talks!Winning GrantsPresenter: Stephanie Gerding Sponsored by
  5. 5. We are working toward a time when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.Winning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  6. 6. Winning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  7. 7. Today’s Speaker Stephanie Gerding TechSoup for Libraries Independent Library Consultant Assisting with chat and tech support: Sarah Washburn & Kevin Lo, TechSoup Global Twitter hashtag: #techsoupWinning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  8. 8. What are you hoping to get out of today’s discussion?
  9. 9. Handouts
  10. 10. Post to Chat:Have you written a grant proposal?
  11. 11. New to grant work?You have experience: • finding information, • answering questions, • serving the community, and • building relationships.
  12. 12. It’s all about the people…not the money, not the “stuff.”
  13. 13. PrepareImplement, Focus on Evaluate Priorities Continue Grant CycleWrite the Develop theProposal Project Research Funders & Grants
  14. 14. Dream BIG
  15. 15. Optimism and Realism Put it in Writing Grant Team (coordinator, community, volunteers) Know Your Capacity
  16. 16. Potential Partnerships Friendraising Appreciation Relationships
  17. 17. Prepare Focus on Implement, PrioritiesEvaluate Continue Grant Cycle Write the Proposal Develop the Project Research Funders & Grants
  18. 18. Meet Community Needs (improve their life)
  19. 19. The fastest way to success is by planning. Prioritize needs & write it all down.
  20. 20. Prepare Implement, Focus on PrioritiesEvaluate Continue Grant Cycle DesigningWrite the Proposal Winning Grants Research Funders & Grants
  21. 21. Designing Winning Grants Strategic Community CreativePlans - Needs Involvement BrainstormingAssessments
  22. 22. Designing Winning Grants Strategic Community CreativePlans - Needs Involvement BrainstormingAssessments Project Planning Goals,Objectives, Evaluation Timeline BudgetActivities, PlanOutcomes
  23. 23. What Makes a Good Grant Project?
  24. 24. Good Projects: Solution to real community needs Offer something new, innovative, or creative Create a model that can be replicated Maximize resources Have tangible outcomes or products Have a reasonable budgets and realistic timelines Include community partners and community involvement Have goals and SMART objectives Have an evaluation plan that measures progress Cause a change in behavior, attitude, skill, life condition or knowledge in PEOPLE Indicate sustainability
  25. 25. SuccessStories
  26. 26. Outcome Based Evaluation Outcome = Impact on end user  Behavior  Attitude  Skills  Knowledge  Condition/state Know where you started. Are you spending resources on projects and programs that are making a difference?
  27. 27. Post to Chat:What target population did your grant project(s) serve?
  28. 28. Justifying Technology Needs• Tie to your mission, goals and the people served – A new model of community communication – Empowers and engages customers – Saves staff time - efficiency and productivity• Solves universal problems/issues – Provides disability access – Allows job training assistance – Extends reach into the community – Closes the digital divide – Organizes volunteer opportunities and information• Specific technology functions – Enables data collection and measurement• Share stories of how tech helps!
  29. 29. Prepare Implement, Focus on Priorities Evaluate Continue GrantWrite the Proposal Cycle Develop the Project Research Funders & Grants
  30. 30. Funders Aren’t ATMs…
  31. 31. Find out about Funders Use the language of the resources and funders Learn about prospective funders - find a good match!  Visit prospective funder websites;  search on 990s Record what you find; Keep your research organized
  32. 32. Categories of Grants
  33. 33. Categories of Grants
  34. 34. Just my Size!
  35. 35. Federal Grant Sources Institute of Museum & Library Services US Department of Education National Library of Medicine National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities National Institute for Literacy bin/lincs/search/gsearch/dbsearch.cgi?action=Show%20Results
  36. 36. State andLocal Government Sources State Humanities Council State Council on the Arts www.nasaa- State Department of Education ory_ID=SEA State Library: City, County Gov (Arts, Business, Community Development, Environmental, Historical Preservation, Education, Youth, Technology, Archival)
  37. 37. Private Funding Sources Foundations Corporations Clubs and Organizations Professional Associations
  38. 38. Resources for Finding Grants
  39. 39. Federal Gov Grant Resources Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Federal Agency websites Federal Register Primary Source TGCI Federal Register Grant Announcements
  40. 40. Community (Scroll to bottom of page)
  41. 41. Federal Gov Grant Resources Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Federal Agency websites Federal Register Primary Source TGCI Federal Register Grant Announcements
  42. 42. Cooperating Collections: Electronic & print resources!!
  43. 43. Corporate Grant Resources Visit web sites of corporations in your community for priorities, grant guidelines, and deadlines. Grantsmanship Center Corporate Giving (banks, grocery stores, utilities, stores, etc.) National Directory of Corporate Giving Print directory by The Foundation Center.
  44. 44. Professional Associations &Local Grants!Research local community directoriesMichigan State University’s service clubs & civic organizations funding listAsk local government contacts, use the yellow pages, talk to friends and staff to discover clubs and organizations that provide funding
  45. 45. Library Grants Blog
  46. 46. 5 Easy Grants for Beginners Target Store Grants Libri Foundation Books for Children Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrants Dollar General Grants Dreyers Foundation Grants & Product Donations
  47. 47. What grant sources and resources do you recommend?
  48. 48. PrepareImplement, Focus on Evaluate Priorities Continue Grant CycleWrite the Develop theProposal Project Research Funders & Grants
  49. 49. Write the Winning Grant Proposal1. Tell the Story. (PASSION! Facts!)2. Keep the Audience in Mind3. Seek Feedback4. Ask for Everything you Need5. Stay Positive!
  50. 50. Common Grant Components Cover Letter, Title Sheet, Table of Contents Abstract/Summary Organizational Overview Statement of Needs/Justification Project Description Timeline/Activities/Methods Budget Evaluation Process Appendix
  51. 51. PrepareImplement, Evaluate Focus on Priorities Continue Grant Cycle Research Funders Develop the & Grants Project Write the Proposal
  52. 52. Writing an Evaluation Plan1. What is the purpose?2. Who is the audience?3. What do you need to measure progress?4. What sources of information are needed and how will you collect?5. When do you need the information?
  53. 53. Getting FundedCELEBRATE!Then: • thank the funder! • tell appropriate officials/staff • send out a press release • begin preliminary activities
  54. 54. Not funded?Don’t give up!Ask for reviewers’ commentsStrategize a new approach Revise and edit Try another source
  55. 55. Common Reasons Not Funded Grant project didn’t match funder’s purpose Guidelines not followed Proposal was poorly written The budget was inaccurate or unclear The necessity for your project and its potential impact were not apparent Needed partners or collaborators Evaluation planning weak Project not sustainable
  56. 56. Fundraising Software Through TechSoup • GrantStation • NOZA • eTapestry • Telosa • GiftWorks • DonorPerfectWinning GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  57. 57. Keep Up-to-Date Library Grants Blog RFP Bulletin from the Foundation Center NEH Connect! The National Endowment for the Humanities electronic newsletter Grant Opportunity Charity Channel Forum Online Discussion Groups Association of Fundraising Professionals The Grantsmanship Center Chronicle of Philanthropy
  58. 58. Special Offer on Winning Grants from Neal-Schuman Publishers!10% off with code: GERD11 Stephanie Gerding
  59. 59. “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
  60. 60. Continue discussing & learning…• Additional questions can be answered by posting in in our Community Forum: – webinars:• The Biggest Green IT Opportunities for Nonprofits and Libraries• Evaluating Digital Literacy Programs – GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
  61. 61. Thank you to our Webinar Sponsor! ReadyTalk offers dedicated product demos for TechSoup organizations 4 times per week. For more information: GrantsConference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392
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