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Library Project Funding

A Guide to Planning and Writing Proposals

Managers and staff in libraries and information services in all sectors are increasingly required to prepare project proposals and bid for funding, usually for external funding, but also as part of internal strategic planning and management processes. The projects proposed must be realistic and feasible, because library managers and staff will be required to deliver their project on time and in budget. If managers get the planning wrong at project proposal stage, the consequences for implementation can be difficult to overcome. This book provides guidance on the various steps involved in project development, planning and the preparation of bids for funding based on the author’s own experience and that of many organisations in the cultural heritage and education sectors. It guides service managers and staff through the task of scoping, developing and writing viable, realistic and winning proposals, drawing on a range of techniques from strategic planning, financial management, project management and business.

Paperback, 234 Pages

Published: April 2008

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-380-6


  • …an excellent contribution to the bookshelves of practicing LIS professionals, academics and researchers. …highly recommended as essential reading for all LIS profesionals facing any need to apply for funding. I believe it also should be brought to the attention of LIS students., Online Information Review
    …provides a rich source of current information about project funding. …invaluable for those undertaking their very first project proposal as well as those with many years experience of successful proposals., Australian Library Journal
    …a thoroughly readable and practical book. …a very good book and I recommend it., The Electronic Library


  • Defining and testing the project idea; Matching project ideas to funding opportunities; Building partnerships; Assembling evidence in support of your proposal; Setting project aims, objectives and outcomes; Project planning; Project planning techniques and tools; Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; Writing effective project proposals.


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