Be A Winner: Inspired Youth Grant Writing

Working on a shoestring to bring creative programming, an author or new books and media to your library? Apply for a grant! It sounds so easy! But how do you make your application "stand out" from the others? This program presents step-by-step grant writing techniques, how to match your need to a grant, and a wealth of available grant opportunities. A downloadable handbook will provide guidance for you and your library to "be a winner"!

This is a two-part webinar. Part I examines how a grant application is reviewed from the perspective from an ALSC Grants Award committee member and chair.  Rubrics, grammar, and adherence to application requirements are some of the topics covered. Part II shares valuable information and tips from a successful Youth Librarian on successful grant writing as well as case studies.  Learn how to evaluate your need, focus on the funder, build emotional impact, create innovative projects, and foster profitable relationships.  Learn how to bring a funder to his/her knees!

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will acquire skills to hone their grant-writing skills
  • Participants will become familiar with educational movements such as STEM and STEAM and will be provided opportunities to practice incorporating them along with technology and Common Core State Standards into a grant proposal
  • Participants will receive sources to confidently apply for funding
  • Participants will gain skills to identify and work collaboratively with community groups to obtain a grant

Who Should Attend

Children's and Teen Librarians, School Librarians, Teachers, Friends of the Library Groups, Principals and Administrators.


Nancy Baumann is a retired school librarian and author of "For the Love of Reading: Guide to K-8 Reading Promotions", ABC-CLIO. Some of the grants she has received are: SLJ Giant Step Award, AASL's Innovative Reading Grant, YALSA's Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, and Target, Inc. Family Literacy Grant.
Lisa McClure is the recipient of numerous grants including the ALSC Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Grant and the Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. She is the Community Engagement Manager for Broward County Libraries.



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.
Become an ALSC member and save on the price of the webinar.

How to Register

ALSC members, please click this link to view the archived webinar. Note that you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

Non-ALSC members, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


If you have questions about purchase, please visit the FAQ or contact the ALA Store by phone: 1-866-Shop ALA or by email  
All other inquiries can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.