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A Librarian’s Hands-On Guide to Grant and Proposal Writing

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Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Computer Lab

200 NE 18th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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A Librarian’s Hands-On Guide to Grant and Proposal Writing (one-day workshop for library and literacy staff and volunteers)

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: finding funding opportunities, becoming familiar with internal grant office structures, documenting the need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, developing a work plan, developing a basic budget, and creating an evaluation plan.

Grant and proposal writing skills are crucial to professionals in the modern funding environment. Institutional budgets are increasingly tight and obtaining external funding is very competitive. Obtaining basic grant writing skills can be crucial for obtaining funding for projects. This session will be a blend of interactive lectures and hands-on exercises. These exercises will cover basic proposal development and budgeting.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify necessary institutional partners
  • Identify online resources to search for funding
  • Describe the basic components of a proposal
  • Understand how to craft program components into a cohesive proposal
  • Understand basic budget terminology
  • Create a basic budget
  • Avoid common proposal writing mistakes

There is no prerequisite for this class.

Bethany Livingston and Debbie Montenegro will teach the class. Both instructors work for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. Bethany serves as their research administrator and works in all aspects of grant management. Debbie serves as their Consumer Health Coordinator.

Travel stipend for overnight stay may be available if public library, library system, tribal library or literacy organization is 60 miles or more from ODL. Initial travel stipend paperwork must be returned to ODL before the class date. Contact Doris Dixon to request paperwork via email Doris.Dixon@libraries.ok.gov or phone (405) 522-3217. Stipend will be based on lodging receipt, up to $92. If lodging charges are less than $92, the contract will be written for the actual amount, not $92. Mileage also may be reimbursed at 30 cents/mile if you are paying for your own gas & cannot collect from your library/literacy organization. Stipend contracts will be made out to the library/literacy organization. It will be your responsibility to collect your reimbursement from such organization. No travel stipend contracts will be paid until the class has been attended and photocopied proof of overnight stay (if applicable) has been submitted to the Office of Library Development.

This class made possible by funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

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