How to Win Grants for Your Library


Whether you’re looking to expand your services or compensate for budget cuts, a staff member who can write grants effectively is a tremendous asset to your library. You can be that person!  In this workshop Stephanie Gerding will show how to get started, offering pointers and techniques for becoming become an expert grant writer. You’ll learn the basic process of grant work, including where to look for funding sources and what key elements go into a great proposal.
Topics include:
  • The basics of grant work and how to apply them  
  • Developing grant projects using community needs and planning
  • Finding library grants and funding sources
  • Writing a proposal funders will love


Stephanie Gerding is an expert trainer, author, and consultant with over 15 years’ experience training library staff and developing training programs through non-profit, government, and library organizations. She provides guidance to libraries by sharing library best practices, strategies, and methodologies that can be adapted to each unique community’s needs, specifically in the areas of grants, training, and advocacy. A certified trainer for the Public Library Association (PLA) in strategic planning, management, facilitation, and staffing, she facilitated PLA’s online library advocacy project, Turning the Page 2.0. She has managed statewide training programs at New Mexico and Arizona State Libraries, worked as a trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taught graduate-level online courses, and performed as a systems administrator for Federal Express. She has worked as a training and outreach consultant for TechSoup for Libraries since 2007, and is currently the TechSoup Global Webinar Project Manager. She is author of three books, including The Accidental Technology Trainer and Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians With Multimedia Tutorials And Grant Development Tools.  


How to Register

You can register at the ALA Store at for individuals and for groups.


While completing your purchase, you’ll be asked to fill in the name and e-mail address of the group leader who will sign in to the event on behalf of your group. Once you complete your purchase, the group leader will receive an e-mail from Webex confirming registration. This e-mail includes the login information for the event, including the weblink the group leader will use to sign in to the event, so please keep it in a safe place. 

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For pricing on bulk registrations in excess of $1,000, please contact us.

ALA Editions Workshops offer a convenient, hands-on learning experience that will help you and your colleagues make the best decisions for your library. Your registration includes recommended readings to enhance your learning and support focused discussion in chat. This ALA Editions Workshop is licensed for use by staff or users of the purchasing institution or library organization.


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