As you are planning your project, investigate similar projects, best practices, and lessons learned by others. Make sure you are not duplicating work that has already been done. Contact managers of similar projects and ask them about their experiences and what they have learned. Include this information in your grant proposal to show the funder that you are well informed about what has already been done in the field and that you are knowledgeable about best practices. You may want to build on and extend the work of other projects. Your partners might also have good ideas to contribute.
- The Glendale Public Library received a LSTA grant from the Arizona State Library that included funding for state-of-the-art listening wands for a walking tour of their xeriscape botanical gardens. (Grants for Libraries, p.164)
- The Laurelton Branch Library of Queens Borough Public Library in New York received a laptop computer lab as part of its Youth Empowerment Initiative, part of a larger, three-year project funded by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for $470,000. (Grants for Libraries, p. 170)
- In Maine, Lawrence Junior High Library’s grant project included video journalism, which involved eighth graders creating an informative historical DVD to share with other libraries and students. The $3,500 grant was from the Coburn Classical Institute. (Grants for Libraries, p. 184)
- Northeastern University Libraries received more than $20,000 for a LSTA grant project for adaptive technology to better serve community members with disabilities. (Grants for Libraries, p. 186)
- The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah received a $450,000 grant for digitizing of materials related to Neuro-Ophthalmology from the National Library of Medicine. (Grants for Libraries, p. 192)
Have a grant project in mind? Have you reached out to others to ask about their experiences? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.
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