By Diana Weaver, member of ARSL Member Services Committee and Director, Basehor Community Library, Kansas
The old saying “you have to enter to win” also applies to getting grants for your library. Sharpen your grant-writing pencil and get ready to enter your library in these grant opportunities, listed on WebJunction’s resource list for Budgets & Funding. The list is organized into government grant sources, private grant sources, professional associations, and has a link to look for local sources. The list includes Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar’s Library Grants Blog which is a wonderful source for finding available grants, both large and small. Stephanie’s latest post is about the new United for Libraries Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants funded by the Neal-Schuman Foundation. If your library is struggling with funding, definitely look into this one. For technology projects, check out Technology Grant News.
If you’re looking for some help with fundraising, there is good information on the Free Management Library site. Look for the section on fundraising for nonprofits. FundingFactory offers a way to raise funds through recycling computer cartridges and used small electronics.
When writing a grant, it’s always important to tell your library’s story. WebJunction’s resource list includes a link to the Library Use Value Calculator to help you show how much value your library adds to your community.