This is an introductory class that will immerse public librarians in a collection of readings, podcasts, and other exercises designed to elevate understanding of the processes of grant writing and fundraising. By the end of the course, students will have produced substantial work towards a complete grant application and fundraising plan.

Learning Objectives:


  1. Identifies public and private funders for library facilities, services, and grants.
  2. Analyzes resources, programs, publications, and trends regarding available external funding.
  3. Produces a brief proposal for grant/fundraising support of a service activity.
  4. Identifies the major elements of any grant application and be able to understand how those elements are interconnected.
  5. Produces a needs statement to support a desired potential grant support activity.
  6. Identifies who in the participant’s community are potential stakeholders in and fundraising or grant activity.
  7. Analyzes how various fundraising and grant opportunities can be interrelated to produce overall results.