Category Archives: Good for Beginners

On “Free Money”

I found a great post today about “free grant money,”  written by a fellow Grant Resource Center person in Ohio.  Please read it!   I cannot tell you how often I am forced to break the “free grant money” myths, and how frustrating it is when people don’t believe me, or think that surely I must be hiding something.


How to Search: A Video!

I’ll be going on maternity leave soon, and I want to make sure new patrons who visit the Grant Resource Center in my absence will be able to use the resources without stressing out the library staff too much. To that end, I quickly created this little five minute video that coves the basics of searching.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Please let me know if it is helpful, so I know if I should create more. (There is a plan in the works to create videos for handling the search results too.)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “FDO_SEARCH“, posted with vodpod Registration Process

Last week we hosted our first webinar.  It was a learning experience, both in terms of the format and the content.  (Note to self:  figure out how to work around the conference call audio next time!).

It was somewhat overwhelming to listen to Michael Pellegrino discuss the steps in the registration process.  So as soon as I got back to my desk, I scoured the site to locate the registration checklist Michael mentioned.  Here it is! Organization Registration Checklist (PDF)

Schedule Update – Rescheduled Session

The session that was scheduled for Friday, March 13 was canceled.  My apologies to all who registered, but fear not! This session has been rescheduled for Friday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

There are still spaces available for the session.  If you would like to register, please call the library at 814-432-5062, or send an email to .  If you registered for the March session, you do not need to re-register.

“From the Answer Desk”

The Foundation Center office in Cleveland maintains a blog which I’m sure I’ve sent you to before.

Today I want to highlight an especially useful feature on the FC Cleveland blog:  the From the Answer Desk series.  They do not have a category that collects all the From the Answer Desk posts (which is slightly bothersome – hint, hint), but you can collect all the posts by typing from the answer desk in the search box located in the right hand column.

Some of the highlights include:

February Classes

The Grant Resource Center at the Franklin Public Library is hosting two free classes this month:

  • Friday, February 20, 2009   |   9 am – 1 pm  |  Proposal Writing Basics – Foundations
  • Saturday, February 21, 2009   |   10 am – 11 am   |   Foundation Support for Your Education

For class descriptions, please visit the Free Classes page.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.  To register, stop by the library, call us at (814) 432-5062, or email franklin pl at franklin library dot org.


In my exploration of the internet today, I found two new-to-me, valuable resources for grant writers.

The Art of Grantsmanship by Jacob Kraicer is geared towards the science crowd, but it is also a valuable primer for beginning grant writers in any discipline.  Why should we accept advice from Jacob Kraicer?  Because he served on proposal reviewing bodies for over 30 years, that’s why.  There is a very realistic timetable in there too.

Don’t be afraid of statistics!  Check out this PDF available from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania called the Scaredy Cats Guide to Statistics: A How-To Guide for Rural Data Users.  Learn how to gather relevant data and work with it in everyday, easy to understand language.