Grant Programs in May


Are you thinking about applying for grant funding for your library? Consider attending these programs in May to help you navigate the grants process!

On Friday, May 3rd, come to a panel discussion, “Tips from Library Grant Winners,” to hear from New Jersey librarians who have successfully applied for grants from a variety of funders. Kim T. Ha, Director of Pennington Public Library, Rebecca Sandoval, Technical Services Manager of Somerset County Library System, and Michelle Yeager, Director of Woodbury Public Library will share their personal experiences in applying for and managing grants at their libraries. Time: 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Location: New Jersey State Library’s Talking Book & Braille Center, 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton. Free. Click to register.

If you’re planning to attend the NJLA Conference, consider an early arrival to attend the preconference workshop on Wednesday, May 29 (10 A.M. to 1 P.M.), “What Makes a Proposal Great? Beyond the Basics of Grant Writing for Your Library.” Join Brittany Campese of Vision Driven Consulting for an interactive and engaging session that will review common grant jargon, discuss aspects of good (and not so good) grant proposals by reading actual applications, and practice crafting a compelling program pitch. Some prior experience with the grant writing process is recommended for attendance at this workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by NJLA’s Administration & Management and Small Libraries Sections. See the NJLA Conference website for registration and pricing details.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association, the Mid-Atlantic Grants Conference might also interest library directors or anyone else seeking grant funding for libraries. This year’s conference starts off with a preconference session at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 19th, followed by a full day on Monday, May 20th, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., all at Caesar’s Atlantic City. Highlights will include luncheon keynote speaker, Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center; a Funders Panel including Jeremy Grunin (Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation), Marsha Atkind (Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey) and Eddie Laporte (NJ Office of Faith-Based Initiatives); and such sessions as “Are You Grant Ready?,” “Performance Indicators,” and “Ethics in Using Data.” See the website for additional information and to register.


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