Important point: Always focus grant writing on the *people* because funding groups are most interested in helping people. Study what *they* are trying to accomplish and write your grant towards that goal.
What makes a good project?
-matches funder's interests and priorities
-demonstrates strong need
-offers something new, innovative, or creative
-offers a model that can be replicated
-has tangible outcomes or products
-has a reasonable budget and timeline
-includes community partners
-has an evaluation plan that measures progress (and statistics)
-causes a change in behavior, attitude, skill, life condition, or knowledge in the ppl. it serves
Sometimes funders like to give $$ to fads (new, innovative, creative)
Good to have an elevator speech / tell everyone you know, because you never know who will whip out a checkbook
Sources & Resources
Categories -- government (federal, state, local) and private (foundations, corporations/businesses, clubs/organizations, professional/trade associations)
- Big funders for libraries = IMLS, LSTA
- Resources for funding grants: foundationcenter.org (can search for funding), grants.gov, and presentation handout of comprehensive list of sources
Creating & Submitting Proposal
Show how people will be affected (positively) through getting this funding
Always follow directions!
Tell a story in proposal, appeal to emotions
Focus on *positives* and solutions
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