How to Win Grants for Your Library

Winning Grants for Your LibraryWith so much competition for grant dollars, it can be pretty daunting to not only find a grant that’s right for your library, but also craft and confidently submit a winning proposal. Take the guesswork out of grant work with this new four-week online course. Stephanie Gerding, grants expert and author of Winning Grants, will lead an interactive program designed to help participants:

  • Find the best funding sources and grant opportunities suited to their public library;
  • Learn how to plan and write grant proposals with a competitive edge—understanding the nitty-gritty essentials of needs assessments, project development and evaluation; and
  • Understand what grant reviewers are looking for and how to bring clarity and professionalism to grant proposals

The course includes online discussions and webinars that will excite, motivate, and put participants on the right track to be successful at winning grants. Practical advice, valuable worksheets, and real library grant success stories will be provided to make grant work easier and more effective. Participants will also submit a sample grant proposal and get personalized feedback from an expert grant reviewer!

For complete course description, please review the course syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the conclusion of this four-week course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the basic process of grant work, including developing grant projects based on community needs and library planning;
  • Find library grant funding sources best suited for their public library;
  • Write a proposal funders will love; and
  • Be excited and confident about grant work!

Who Should Attend

Library administrators and staff, Friends of Libraries groups, board members, volunteers, and anyone who is involved with seeking grants for the library.


Stephanie Gerding, moderatorStephanie Gerding is a librarian, author, and trainer with over 15 years of professional experience working with libraries, nonprofit, and government organizations. As an independent library consultant, Stephanie plans and conducts training for thousands of participants around the world in grants, technology, train-the-trainer, digital literacy, planning, advocacy, and online training topics. She has managed statewide training programs at New Mexico and Arizona State Libraries, worked as a library trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taught graduate-level online courses, and is a certified trainer for the Public Library Association. She is the Training and Outreach consultant for TechSoup for Libraries. Stephanie is an author of three books, including The Accidental Technology Trainer and Winning Grants.  She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and charming five-year old daughter.

Dates & Times

Four-week course, April 21–May 16, 2014.

For complete course description, please review the course syllabus.

Certificate of Completion

Participants who complete the course work will receive a certificate for 10 hours of participation.


  • PLA Personal Member: $129.00
  • ALA Personal Member: $159.00
  • Nonmember: $189.00

Technical Requirements


This online course will be offered on the Moodle e-learning platform.


The course will also include two interactive webinars that will be presented using the WebEx platform. You may listen to the audio portion of each webinar via your computer's speakers, headphones plugged into your computer's audio jack or USB port; or by dialing in with your telephone (your carrier's charges may apply) or Skype (by following the process outlined by Skype to place calls to land lines).

Although no microphone is required, participant interaction during each webinar may be by voice instead of text-based chat if all participants are able to access the audio via VoIP and have either a microphone or headset with microphone.

How to Register

REGISTRATION FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE IS CLOSED. Due to technical preparations for the online course we are unable to process any registrations at this time.



Amy Sargent Lundy, Manager of Professional Development
800-545-2433 ext. 5024