Follow-up from Grantmakers at NJLA


MoneyWe had great attendance for the session at the New Jersey Library Association Conference on April 25, “Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source.” Many thanks to our two grantmakers, Howard Miller of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and Gigi Naglak of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), and to successful applicants, Michelle Willis and Pam Brooks of the Scotch Plains Public Library!

Both the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities have upcoming deadlines for grant opportunities.

Announced on April 27 and with a due date of May 30, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, the LWD’s “Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership Program” is “designed to create and/or expand Adult Basic Education and/or English Language Proficiency services within New Jersey libraries.” Maximum grant awards will be $100,000 per application and are awarded for one year. Potential applicants may find a link to the specific grant guidelines, including applicant eligibility information, on the LWD website under the “Public Notices” tab or may go directly to the guidelines. Questions may be directed to Kelsey Williams, via phone at (609)777-1994 or

Libraries with funding needs for the early stages of humanities-based projects might consider applying for an Incubation Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. These grants enable organizations to “experiment, plan, research, prototype, and examine new programs and topics.” Up to $5,000 is awarded to successful applicants. NJCH encourages potential applicants to contact Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs before submitting the required “Intent to Apply” form, due on June 9, 2017. Gigi is available by phone at (609)695-4838 ext. 223 or Grant criteria, an overview of the grantmaking process, and budget requirements may be found on the NJCH website. Please note that full applications are due July 14 and applicants are notified by the end of September for projects that begin no earlier than October 1, 2017.

As you are considering potential funding opportunities for your library, check out this great list, “9 Ways to Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out” from Minnesota-based consulting group, Library Strategies. (Principal Consultant, Peter Pearson, led a pre-conference workshop at the 2016 NJLA Conference.) Tips like “Do Your Research” and “Make a Good Match” are crucial first steps to any successful grant application.



About Eileen Morales

Throughout my career, I've helped museums and libraries in New York and New Jersey find funding sources for new projects. My favorite projects have utilized new technologies to increase public access to the photographs, diaries, and everyday objects that are not usually on display. My position as Grants Manager at the New Jersey State Library includes outreach to New Jersey libraries involved in the grant-seeking process. Email me at