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Summary - WJ Competency Index
Grant Writing is not listed as a separate competency in the Competency Index for the Library Field, but it is noted in the following:
- Library Management Competencies - Financial Management (page 27)
Training Needs Assessment Rankings
Grant Writing ranked #15 out of 51 self-identified urgent training needs. It ranked #10 out of 60 topics staff would like training in. 55% (71) of respondents indicated they would like training at the Beginner level, 23% (30) would like training at the Intermediate level, and 22% (29) would like training at the Advanced level.
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Trying to search for grants? You can access Candid’s Foundation Directory Online through the University of Delaware Morris Library. Follow this link on the grants and foundations research guide. UD's Morris Library can also assist you with funding searches directly. Contact Alison Wessel at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal
LearnerAssociates.net (S. Joseph Levine) - 2020
Created to empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service. A major theme is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships - with funding agencies, community organizations, and the people you are serving - as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives. Built on the assumption that it is through collaboration and participation at all levels that long term change can be effected.
Links to training, a blog, knowledge base, job listings, and reports and case studies.
Introduction to Finding Grants
Candid - 2021
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.
Introduction to Project Budgets
Candid - 2021
Step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.
Introduction to Proposal Writing
Candid - 2015
Overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
Library Grant Writing 101
Florida Library Webinars (Stephanie Gerding) - 2015
This webinar is for the beginning grant writer and organizations looking to take the grant writing leap. Covers the basics and shows you easy ways to go after your first grant.
Winning Library Grants
WebJunction (Stephanie Gerding) - 2011
Learn how to quickly locate grant opportunities, find out what funders are looking for in a successful proposal, and discover real library grant success techniques from librarians just like you. Shares practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists.
Community Tool Box – Write a Grant Application for Funding
A comprehensive starting point for practical current information on grants, including a large database on foundations and corporate giving and a wealth of resources on proposal writing. As partners of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, the Dover Public Library and the University of Delaware Library provide databases and other materials designed to assist organizations in locating potential funding sources.
Foundations and Grants Resource Guide (University of Delaware Library)
A simple, unified electronic storefront for interactions between grant applicants and the Federal agencies that manage grant funds.
Foundation Center website that provides a good orientation to its products and services and serves as a gateway to Internet resources related to foundations and grants.
Library Grants Blog
For librarians interested in grant opportunities.
Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin
RFPs and notices of awards from grant-making organizations and nonprofits.
Gather the following documents and data and use them as the basis for your grant toolkit.
Adapted from: Edwards, J.B., Robinson, M.S., and Unger, K.R. (2013). Transforming libraries, building communities: The
community-centered library. Lanham: Scarecrow.
Grant Writing for Dummies® by
Publication Date: 2014-03-31
As the amount of established granting foundations increases, more money becomes available, but the application process can be long, tedious, and is always highly competitive. This title guides readers through the entire grant-winning process and provides consumers with 25% new and updated material in order to stay current with application protocol and new grant opportunities.
On the Art of Writing Proposals, Pzreworski, Adam and Salomon, Frank, (Social Science Research Council, 1995 rev., 1988)
Winning Grants by
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Written by two experts who have won millions in grants from an astonishing variety of funding sources, Winning Grants is a combination workbook, how-to-manual, and multimedia workshop.