Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

By Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis; Stacey L. Bowers et al. | Go to book overview

PREFACE

Success in writing and winning grants comes through practice-based effort, sustained enthusiasm, tenacity, and a commitment to turn temporary setbacks (i.e., proposal rejections) into renewed efforts and grant awards. Few educators or librarians begin their professional careers prepared to participate in the grant seeking process. As their careers evolve, they recognize and understand economic realities. Without supplemental funding, schools and their media centers are often forced to choose between essential and desirable programs. Consequently, the importance of identifying and securing supplemental financial resources increases as tax revenues, formuladriven state support, and mandated monies decrease. Challenged to pay for a portion of programs and services with non-institutional funds, including their own paychecks, educators and media specialists seek supplemental funding. Their dedication to students’ academic and personal successes frequently drives them to investigate the grant-making process. This interest may begin during professional development sessions, conferences, or sitebased committee work. Or interest can begin in response to an administrator’s decision to seek additional funds.

Larger public, academic, and specialized libraries have historically participated in the writing and winning of grants. However, as school media centers increase institutional participation in the grant arena, staff predictably lack resources and expertise required to compete with their larger colleagues. Novice grant writers seek opportunities to gain knowledge about funding and grantors, “best practices” research, and writing skills. They need encouragement to manage proposal development, project design,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • Part 1 - Grant Development 1
  • Chapter 1 - Planning- The Core of Proposal Development 3
  • Chapter 2 - Project Design 41
  • Chapter 3 - Project Narrative 65
  • Chapter 4 - Project Personnel 85
  • Chapter 5 - Project Evaluation 101
  • Chapter 6 - Budget Development 141
  • Chapter 7 - Appendices 167
  • Part 2 - Implementation and Management 183
  • Chapter 8 - After the Proposal 185
  • Chapter 9 - Implementing the Project 195
  • Chapter 10 - Managing the Project Day-to-Day 225
  • Chapter 11 - Project Accountability 253
  • Chapter 12 - Project Closeout 289
  • Glossary of Grant Terms 291
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index 305
  • About the Authors 315
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