What makes a good grant application? What should be included in the proposal? Why does the funder want a community needs assessment? Is there a right way to do a budget? This presentation will offer tips on how to complete a typical grant proposal, avoid common mistakes in the application process, and improve your chances to get funding for that great program idea you have. 


What are the outcome(s) for participants? What will they take back to the library after the event? 

  • Learn best practices for grant applications 
  • Hear how to avoid common grant application mistakes 
  • Improve your chances of getting funded 

Intended Audience

  • Library Directors 
  • Manager/Department Head 
  • Library Students 
  • Outreach 
  • Programming 
  • Youth Services 
  • Adult Services 


Karren Reish
Library of Michigan  

Karren Reish is the Library Grants Coordinator at the Library of Michigan. With a background in academic and public libraries, she has worked at the Library of Michigan as the federal LSTA grants coordinator for 17 years. She also works as a consultant to school librarians. Currently she manages the federal LSTA funds for the Library of Michigan services, the grant programs to libraries, and the School Library 21st Century benchmarks program. 

Recorded April 6, 2022.

MLA Connect: Avoid Grant Application Pitfalls! Tips for a Good Grant Application00:52:25
April 6, 2022 00:52:25

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