Writing Successful Grant Applications

Sharpen Your Grant Writing Skills

Part of my role as Grants Manager at the New Jersey State Library involves outreach to the state’s public libraries – that is, being a resource for librarians who need some assistance as they seek funds from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

This winter and spring, at different venues throughout the state, I will have a few opportunities to share my thoughts about writing successful grant applications.

First, I am scheduled to talk for about a half hour at the New Directors’ Orientation for public library directors on February 15. I will describe my role at the State Library and attendees will hear about the resources available through the State Library’s Funding Information Center.

In partnership with the New Jersey Historical Commission, on February 28, I will lead an in-person workshop on the basic skills and techniques of writing successful grant applications. I will present the same workshop as a webinar the next day, March 1. My talk will focus on grant writing within the context of the Historical Commission’s Project and General Operating Support Grant program for history organizations. In Fiscal Year 2017, three public libraries received grant awards from the Historical Commission, including the Newark Public Library (General Operating Support), Elizabeth Public Library (Project Support), and Plainfield Public Library (General Operating Support). Check the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Grants & Award Opportunities page for information about their guidelines. A link to registration for the workshop can be found here.

Last but not least, I am happy to report that the New Jersey Library Association’s Conference Committee accepted the session, “Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source.” Scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:50 A.M. during the NJLA Annual Conference in Atlantic City, the session will feature comments from Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Michelle Willis, Director, Scotch Plains Public Library, Pamela Brooks, Department Head, Adult and Teen Services, Scotch Plains Public Library, and Howard Miller, Chief, Office of Customized and Literacy Training, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. While Gigi Naglak and Howard Miller will present on their perspectives as representatives of grant-making organizations, Michelle Willis and Pamela Brooks will discuss their experiences as the writers of a recent successful grant application. Special thanks to the Administration and Management Section of NJLA for its sponsorship of the session and to the Diversity and Outreach Section, the Professional Development Committee and the Member Communications Committee for their co-sponsorships. I hope to see many attendees at this informative session.

If you can’t attend any of these sessions, you are always welcome to reach out to me, Eileen Morales, via email: emorales@njstatelib.org or by phone: 609-278-2640 ext. 105.



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 emorales@njstatelib.org.