Funding

Making the Case for Library Programming

Even though library programming is widespread, programmers still find themselves faced with having to persuade the library administration, board members, colleagues, and even patrons and the public of its value. As different agencies and library departments compete for limited funding, it’s important to be able to articulate why cultural programming is worth the investment.

Grant Funding Sources

Following is a selected list of organizations and institutions that have funded library programs for adults or worked as partners with libraries for programs—have you approached similar groups in your community for funding or in-kind support?

Grant Application Tips

To make your grant application competitive:

  1. Applications that have been thoroughly prepared stand out to reviewers. Spend time writing the application, thinking of ideas for programs, and lining up support in the library and in the community, and you will see better results in both the application process and when developing and implementing the program.

  2. Read the application carefully and answer all questions directly and with as much detail as possible. Pay particular attention to requirements mentioned in the application.

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