Successful Grant Seeking For Academic Libraries
How do you go from an idea to a successful project within an academic library where resources are limited and competing priorities make certain projects unattainable? Perhaps you have identified an opportunity to support your library in advancing its capacity or improving its services to patrons and the broader community. How can you leverage your library’s strengths to build fundable grant projects to accomplish these ends? Grant seeking provides an opportunity for libraries to expand upon the services they provide while demonstrating the impact on one’s institution. Knowledge of existing library, institutional, and community assets and priorities is important for developing fundable grant proposals, and the process is much more involved than merely having a good idea for a project.
This workshop will describe how to begin the grant seeking process by leveraging the expertise you already have to identify and produce collaborative and fundable grant applications. Join us as we explore the basics of grant seeking, including generating the initial idea for a project, identifying relevant project partners, finding appropriate funding sources, pre-proposal project planning, and awards management. Lessons learned from years of grant seeking will be shared, as well as resources for locating funding relevant to libraries. Participants are also welcome to bring their questions for the final Q&A session.