Budgets & funding

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The budget is the backbone of library operations, pulling together short-, medium-, and long-range goals, all of which help to fulfill the organization's vision and mission. This section is dedicated to helping you find funding resources and work to secure a stable and sufficient budget, including how to work with local officials and make a clear case for funding needs.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are available for free in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Grant Writing for School Libraries

Publish Date: News / 26 September 2023

Have you ever thought about applying for a grant to support your school library? It can be a great way to expand your programs, strengthen your resources, and even build new relationships and partnerships. Check out these approachable resources and s...

From Awareness to Funding: 5 Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them

Publish Date: News / 16 August 2018

If you work or volunteer in a library, you may have heard about the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. If you haven’t read it, here’s the good news: compared to 2008, more voters thi...

Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

Publish Date: News / 9 May 2018

For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers ...

Innovation in Libraries Micro-grants from the Awesome Foundation

Publish Date: News / 6 March 2017

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to "forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe." Created in 2009, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. <> ...

The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising

Publish Date: News / 19 August 2015

Through the WebJunction webinar, Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library, Sue Hall, Director of Library Strategies, reminds us that small libraries can benefit from the "small community advantage" where persona...