Grant seeking is a competitive process, and the competition is steadily increasing. While there are many opportunities to obtain grants, success involves having confidence in yourself and the library you represent. Your job when writing a grant proposal is to convince a funder that your project is worthy of funding -- more worthy than the stack of others competing for the same dollars.
Key websites to seek provincial grants in Alberta are found through Culture and Community Spirit and the Alberta Lottery Fund. You can also find more information about funding on the Library Funding page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a grant?
How do I get a grant?
What is a grant proposal?
What is a letter of inquiry?
What kinds of projects are fundable?
What information goes into a grant proposal?
Where can I apply for grants?
Helpful Links and Resources
Sources of Funding – CharityVillage.com has links to online databases and directories of Canadian funding agencies and foundations.
The Grantsmanship Center – This website lists foundations and corporate giving programs in Canada.
Finding Funding: strategies & developing grants – This resource guide from Imagine Canada provides links to practical guides on approaching donors, donor relationship management, writing grants, and reporting to funders.
GrantSpace Sample Documents – While not specifically geared to libraries, this collection contains winning proposals, cover letters, letters of inquiry, winning proposal budgets, and more.
Grant Seeking Articles – This resource from CharityVillage.com provides a collection of articles on grant seeking, grant writing, and grant reporting.
Jun 17-20 - Library Effect workshops in Provost and Olds
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