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Your Grant Support Task Force

Please contact Amanda Hurford ( or Suzanne Hinnefeld ( for questions or help with your grant proposal.

  • Identify grant needs.
  • Review proposals.
  • Help you establish a timeline.
  • Address roadblocks.


Self Paced Learning: Introduction to Proposal Writing
A free, short-course from Grantspace, a service of the Foundation Center.

Grant writing tips

10 Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 14, 2018

8 Traits of Successful Grant Writers
Accessible to PALNI member libraries.Turnkey Writing Solutions.

Tips for Mastering Data to Demonstrate Impact
Accessible to PALNI member libraries. Chronicle of Philanthropy presentation, May 17, 2018

Solutions to barriers to successful grant writing

  1. Follow directions.
    Read parameters carefully.
    Do you meet eligibility requirements?
    Respond to all parts of the application.
    Check your math.
    Pay attention to character limits.
  2. Show your process.
    How did you choose your partners? Describe your vetting process. 
    Select partners before starting the grant application.
  3. Tell the same story in budget as in narrative.
    If grant only funds part of the project, where will the remainder come from?
    How will the project continue after the grant period ends?
  4. Define success.
    Determine the end goal of your project.
    How will you measure the degree of success?
    What will be your outputs and outcomes.


Source: Kamin, E. (2017, Nov. 14). 7 Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal. National Environmental Education Foundation.

Common roadblocks to successful grant writing

The Grant Support Task Force can help you with any of these roadblocks. 

  1. Staff don't know how to do the foundation work required before a grant application can be written.
  2. Staff don't know how to break down a grant project into feasible timelines.
  3. Staff don't know how to convey the grant idea effectively and in a manner that reviewers can understand and appreciate.
  4. Staff neglect to communicate how they will measure project success.
  5. Staff fail to fulfill all application requirements.
  6. Staff haven't learned from previous grant rejections.
  7. The grant acquisition process is mysterious and staff do not know where to begin.


Source: Woody, R. C. (2018, Dec. 5). Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks. Lucidea.