Stephanie Gerding

TechSoup Grant Series Week Four: Research Funders and Find Appropriate Grants

This week in our TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success, we will identify funders and conduct research to find an appropriate grant opportunity. Last week, you selected a grant project and did some preliminary planning, so now it’s time to hit the books, or more likely, the websites! You will use many resources in your grant research.

Free TechSoup Webinar: Winning Grants

Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your budget is flat or shrinking and provide many benefits (in addition to funding!). Wish you knew more about applying for grants? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? This webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, and full of valuable tips.

TechSoup Grant Series Week Three: Develop the Grant Project

Last week in our TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!, you examined your strategic plan and needs assessments, identified a need in your community, and began to brainstorm project ideas.

TechSoup Grant Series Week Two: Focus on Priorities and Needs

LGrant Cycleast week, in the first step of our TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!, we covered how to prepare for grant work by: scheduling time, understanding the benefits and requirements of grant work, getting leadership on board, and finding help through volunteers and supporters to form a grant team.

This week you will:

  1. Focus on priorities and determine needs by: examining strategic plans, assessments, or other tools available to you.
  2. Brainstorm grant project ideas that will really make a difference.

With thorough planning, your grant proposal will be much stronger than other applicants, your grant project will accomplish more and you will fulfill a community need. It is very important to plan your grant project before you write the proposal. Focus on improving the lives of the people you serve, not just getting the money.

TechSoup Grant Series Week One: Prepare

Welcome to the first week in our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week. Your first tasks are:

  • Schedule time to complete this series (one hour a week, or more if you can!)
  • Understand the benefits and requirements of grant work
  • Get leadership on board
  • Try to find help!

TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!

Wish you knew more about applying for grant funding? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? TechSoup is here to help! Our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week, will provide you with small steps that cover the entire grant process. Weekly blog posts will outline your steps for the week so you’ll be prepared to apply for a basic grant before the end of the year.

We will cover each phase in the grant writing and submission process:

Collecting Patron Technology Training Resources

WebJunction is taking a giant leap forward for library trainers across the country, by developing a truly valuable collection of library technology training resources and assets. These materials will be free to download and reuse, which will help reduce your library’s burden of developing and finding training materials. I'm so excited to be working with WebJunction on this project. It is actually a dream come true for me.

NEEDED: Library Grant Success Stories

If you visit our site regularly or attend our webinars, you'll likely recognize the name of one of MaintainIT's prized Contributors, Stephanie Gerding. You may also know that she's a marvel, sharing her expertise in many fields, including helping libraries find and get grants.

Gerding on Grants

Approximately 60 people participated in yesterday's "Technology Grants for Libraries 101" webinar. Stephanie Gerding, who co-wrote the book, Grants for Libraries, led the session. It's archived!

Behind the Webinar!

We had another fantastic train-the-trainer webinar today facilitated by the amazing Brenda Hough.