An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for winning grants

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/11/2016


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Newly revised and refreshed, the second edition of “Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource from grant writing pros Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H. MacKellar offers a proven, easy-to-understand process for grant success. Featuring a foreword by Susan Hildreth, and loaded with a wide variety of forms, worksheets, and checklists to help you stay organized, this book:

  • summarizes the grant process cycle and outlines a clear path to success;
  • shares inspiring grant success stories in action from diverse libraries;
  • offers guidance on gathering knowledge and conducting research, with updated resource lists and links to the various types of funders;
  • covers every stage of planning, including how to cultivate community involvement, methods for needs assessment, advice on organizing the grant team, and exercises to help you write realistic goals and objectives;
  • gives tips on writing the proposal, such as where to find the best statistics and census data to support your statement of needs;
  • advises how to announce a successful grant to the community, and other first steps of implementation, including the basic principles of project management;
  • provides guidance on what to do when you’re turned down and how to conduct an effective review session that keeps the process moving forward;
  • highlights ways to stay current through online discussion groups, blogs, networking groups, and more; and
  • features sample RFPs, budget templates, grant partnership documents, and many other helpful tools.

Gerding is a library consultant with 20 years of experience supporting libraries and nonprofits. She has been a lead grant reviewer of LSTA grants, state grants, and scholarships at the Arizona State Library and New Mexico State Library, and she has reviewed grants and serves as an advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is author of three books, including “The Accidental Technology Trainer.” MacKellar is an author and library consultant who has worked in the library science field for over 30 years. Author of “Meeting Community Needs: A Practical Guide for Librarians,” “Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide,” and “The Accidental Librarian,” she has also written numerous articles, conducted workshops, and presented at many library conferences.

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