Talking about Grants at NJLA


MoneyIf you are attending the 2017 New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Conference at Harrah’s, please stop by Wildwood 14 & 15 at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 25th for the session, “Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source.”

Two representatives of grantmaking organizations, 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), will speak about the elements of successful grant writing.

Howard Miller is the Chief of the Office of Customized and Literacy Training at LWD. He oversees the Adult Literacy & Community Library Partnership Pilot Program through which 11 libraries received grant funds. Gigi Naglak is the Director of Grants and Programs at NJCH. She runs NJCH’s competitive program which distributes $5,000 “Incubation” and up to $20,000 “Action” grants to libraries, museums, educational institutions, social service organizations, historical societies, cultural organizations, and other community organizations.

The session will also include remarks from Michelle Willis and Pamela Brooks of the Scotch Plains Public Library. They will discuss their own experiences writing successful grant applications for the library. In 2016, Scotch Plains received a $5,000 “Incubation” grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for their Voices from the Margins: Connecting Our Stories project. Throughout this series of programs, participants have viewed films, a play, and museum exhibits, and discussed books – all works chosen for the ways they portray belonging and otherness, community, and marginalization.

Later in the day on April 25th at 3:10 P.M., Howard Miller will appear again – this time on the panel, “Meeting Workforce Development and Literacy Needs in the Library.” During this session, the speakers will provide an update on the two grant programs offered by the LWD which have helped public libraries support job seekers. Judith Loane, also of LWD, Lisa Kelly of the Long Branch Free Public Library and State Librarian Mary Chute and Andrea Levandowski of the New Jersey State Library will also appear on the panel.

“Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source” is sponsored by NJLA’s Administration & Management Section, and co-sponsored by the Diversity & Outreach Section, Member Communications Committee, Professional Development Committee and the New Jersey State Library. “Meeting Workforce Development and Literacy Needs in the Library” is sponsored by the Reference Section, the Leadership & Education Subcommittee and the New Jersey State Library. See the NJLA Conference page for the most up-to-date schedule information.

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