Despite challenging economic times, many resources are available to help library staff research, write, and submit winning government, foundation and corporate grant proposals. Here are a few tips that can help make for a successful grant:
- Research potential funders before submitting an application.
- Pick the grant opportunity that matches your project idea.
- Follow grant application guidelines to the letter.
- Answer exactly the application questions asked.
- Use simple, direct language to succinctly answer each question (less is more).
- Make a case for your library and your proposed project. Be sure you’ve thought through what you’re attempting to do and why, and that this is clearly reflected in the application.
- Be humble – receiving a grant is a privilege, not a right.
- Demonstrate what you will do for others with a funder’s money – don’t ask what a funder can do for you.
- Take advantage of all help the funder offers.
- Celebrate but also comply with all timelines and reporting requirements, if you do receive a grant.
Learn more about Funders and Grant Writing Resources