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

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CHAPTER 1
Planning: The Core of Proposal
Development

Creativity and entrepreneurial approaches to promoting services and programs that contribute to the library mission are essential. Ideas and creative approaches to problem solving can originate with anyone. When an individual identifies an idea that evolves into an appropriate service or program for the organization, but implementation cannot be undertaken without additional resources, a grant can provide them. The key components for grantseeking success include strong, dynamic leadership, shared vision for the proposed project, and the dedicated investment of time, resources, and effort from team members. The individual whose idea is the foundation for the grant typically serves as a team leader (Principal Investigator or Project Director).

Writing a successful grant proposal that results in funding requires a wellexecuted plan. The planning process represents the combined efforts of individuals, representatives of key constituencies, and community partners working on the grant development team. Group members share a strong commitment to funding their project. They provide the energy and commitment required to write and submit a grant proposal. Working collaboratively, team members develop project goals, objectives, and activities; divide research and writing responsibilities; and secure partnerships within the applicant organization and among partner community organizations, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit groups.

The composition of a grant team depends on the type of funding opportunity and the organization that leads the project implementation, evaluation activities, and grant management responsibilities. A wide variety of funding opportunities from government agencies, private foundations, and

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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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