Funding sources for libraries is an important discussion for library staff, board members, and even the community at large. Finding and increasing funding from private sources allows libraries to better meet the needs of their communities. With the help of a self-paced course from Foundation Center, you can learn how to find and secure new financial support for your library. The online course walks you through tips that highlight what you need to know to be successful when seeking grants. You’ll also learn how funding from grants can support library activities, the different types of foundations that make grants, and tips for approaching funders. Here are the tips that are covered in the course:
- Libraries can’t survive on one source of funding
- It takes time and planning
- It’s never about what your library needs
- Not all foundations are the same
- Foundations give away money
- Getting the grant is about finding the right match
- You have to do your homework
- Relationships are everything
- Proposals are not the first thing a foundation wants
- The process is ongoing
This course provides a great start to exploring grants, and is a good resource for those new to grantseeking as well as seasoned veterans. The course is now available through the WebJunction Course Catalog, which is always available, and always free. The course runs about one hour, and you’ll receive a certificate of completion once you’re done.
We’re looking forward to hearing about your experience with the course and about your grantseeking efforts!