In his welcoming remarks at a workshop on non-profit grants that he organized, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., noted that in spite of threatened cutbacks by the administration, Congress knows the importance of grants and government funding and ensures they remain available. Getting the word out about finding out about those grants and how to apply is why these workshops are so important.
Leigh Clark, business & funding information librarian for the NJ State Library (NJSL), began the workshop detailing the resources available through libraries for finding grants. Highlighting the “Funding Information Collection at the NJ State Library” page on the NJSL website, she explained the use of databases, print resources and available classes. She gave tips for finding grants and discussed the Funding Information Network Partners of NJ and how to use Foundation Directory Online Professional and government websites to search for grants.
Other presenters during the half-day session included Annmarie Puleio, from the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers & The Fred Rummel Foundation, giving grant writing tips; Linda Czipo, from The Center for Non-profits, with an overview of how that agency can help with its programs and services; and Jael Davis, from Pallone’s office, explaining how the Congressman’s office can be of assistance in the grant application process.
Following the formal presentations, attendees were able to connect with different agencies at information tables to ask questions.