Planning interesting innovative programs on a limited budget is a daunting task, but with a dose of enthusiasm and a dab of ingenuity, it’s easier than you’d think. The following storyabout how our tiny library was able to host New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg illustrates some of the major elements to keep in mind when planning programming on a shoestring budget.
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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, California, is a unique facility shared by the San Jose Public Library and San Jose State University (SJSU). In late 2008, San Jose Public Library was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to present a series of public programs on the Federal Writers’ Project, one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal agencies. The grants were awarded to thirty libraries in the United States, and the programs were intended to complement the Soul of a People television documentary produced by Spark Media.
To make your grant application competitive:
• Applications that have been thoroughly prepared stand out to reviewers. Spend time writing the application, thinking of ideas for programs, and lining up support in the library and in the community, and you will see better results in both the application process and when developing and implementing the program.