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The UF Libraries Grants Management Program supports the research and training of students and library faculty; and all processes related to submission and management of Libraries' grant funded projects.

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Award - Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean (cash: $434,124; cost share: $28,448) This three-year project in partnership with the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR) plans to digitize each institution’s unique, hidden holdings of Caribbean newspapers on master microfilm. The team will digitize and make freely available 800,000 pages of pre-1923 Caribbean newspapers. The partners will produce new second generation microfilm negatives; catalog individual titles; conduct issue-level collation; send to a vendor for digitization, creation of derivative files, and OCR text files; perform quality control on deliverables; and ingest into the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña. Once available digitally, these resources will provide scholars with access to previously unavailable information on daily life in the Caribbean to enable new research and research questions from a variety of fields and disciplines on cross-cutting issues including migration, social movements, history, and literature. Selected materials were published in: Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico.Council on Library and Information Resources - Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Award - Educating for Reproducibility: Pathways to Research Integrity ($44,893) The project team proposes to host a conference focusing on reproducibility education and training at all levels of education, from undergraduate to continuing education for principal investigators. The team seeks to bring together educators, researchers, and administrators from a wide range of disciplines and institutions to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and existing programmatic examples in reproducibility education and outreach. Department of Health & Human Services - Announcement of the Availability of Funds for Conferences on Research Integrity

Smathers Libraries Grants News

Award - Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities (cash: $231,093; cost share: $6,639) This project team in partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) seeks to host a week-long, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. Participants, especially from under-resourced institutions and those with preservation concerns, will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participants will achieve: 1) acquisition of concrete digital skills and DH approaches for teaching and research utilizing Open Access digital collections; 2) participation in an enhanced community of practice for DH; and, 3) creation of Open Access course and teaching materials that blend DH and Caribbean Studies. ) NEH - Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Award - Repositioning Florida’s Judaica Library: Increasing Access to Humanities Resources from Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean Communities ($500,000 matching grant) The project team plans to raise $1.5 million in the next four years to endow acquisitions, public and scholarly outreach activities, and collaborative digitization projects related to the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. With the Price Library of Judaica and the Digital Library of the Caribbean partnerships as the project’s underpinnings, UF is uniquely prepared to lead a national and international effort to inspire greater study of the Jewish diaspora. The expanded and enhanced Judaica collections and services will be the foundation for the American portal of Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Jewry, and will emphasize the importance of scholarship, preservation, and access to these exceptional resources. National Endowment for the Humanities – Challenge Grant Program





Welcome to the UF Libraries' Grants and Fellowships Opportunities LibGuide! These resources will help you search and find valuable information about: deadlines, funding agencies, books, articles, and tools for supporting your grants seeking activities.

Philosophical Ideas about Grantsmanship

Everyone thinks writing and submitting grant proposals is easy. The TV commercials where the “used car salesman” peddles phone-book-sized directories of untapped grants resources trivializes this important and life changing field of grants seeking and management. From my perspective, grantsmanship includes the process by which an idea is converted to a story about an opportunity to fill a gap, or eliminate a need, or solve a problem, or research new ways to do these things. If the “story” gets funded, dollars provide the fuel to actualize the idea.

So this work is essentially one of the most creative and rewarding activities on the planet. It offers a chance to organize words and numbers into cohesive ideas that attract the interest of investors who provide funds to change people’s lives. I consider it a privilege to work in this field…planting seeds…watching crops grow to maturity…and facilitating the actualization of dreams.

Bess de Farber, July 2011

Libraries' Grants Manager

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Bess de Farber

Bess de Farber serves as Grants Manager for the University of Florida Libraries, and previously served in the same position at the University of Arizona Libraries. She has provided grantsmanship instruction throughout the past 29 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. Her research interest is asset-based collaboration development. As a certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators, she invented the CoLAB Planning Series®, large group processes, for individuals and organizations seeking new collaborative partnerships. This process has served more than 2,500 individuals since 2002. de Farber has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Arizona State Technology Research Initiative Fund Awards, and The Children’s Trust (Dade County). As program officer for the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Palm Beach County Cultural Council she managed the allocation of funds for arts and culture, human and race relations, and social services. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. She is the author of Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016), and co-author of Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits (2017). 

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