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

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE IS 4:30 PM CENTRAL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014. Due to technical preparations for the online course we are unable to process any registrations after this date/time.

To register with a credit card, click here to begin the online registration process. On ALA’s Online Registration page select the “Register” link next to the course you wish to attend. You will need to enter your ALA ID and password. If you do not have an ALA ID and password, you will be asked to create one. Please note: Once your registration is processed, you will receive a receipt/confirmation e-mail containing additional information about accessing the online course.

To register with a purchase order or by mail, click here to download the registration form (PDF, 1 pg.). Complete the form and submit it with your P.O., or with a check. Faxing/mailing instructions are on the form. Faxed or mailed registration forms must be received by the posted registration deadline (above). Forms received after the deadline will not be processed. Please note: Once your registration is processed, you will receive a receipt/confirmation e-mail containing additional information about accessing the online course.

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this online course, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline above. Without prior notification of need, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Cancelations must be submitted in writing up to two weeks prior to the event. No phone cancelations will be accepted. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the registration amount. Please mail registration cancelations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; fax to 312-280-1538; or e-mail to Refunds will be processed after the event. PLA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for insufficient registration or other reasons.



Linda Bostrom, Manager of Professional Development
800-545-2433 ext. 5027