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Why is it difficult to respond to sponsor questions about the significance of a particular for those proposing digital projects?

  • Sponsors are seeking evidence-based answers to this question. If project teams aren’t familiar with other similar projects that have materialized, then sponsors may consider that the team is working in a vacuum and may be granted resources prematurely. Building on the successes of past projects, and learning from those who have “gone before” can provide a sponsor with the necessary information to “trust” that the team has done its homework, and has formulated new ways of moving forward. Pointing to specific projects, their strengths and possible weaknesses can demonstrate that the team has spent time analyzing digital projects as part of their development processes. (Bess de Farber, University of Florida)
  • LibGuide for funding resources, from Bess de Farber
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What’s the first step teams should complete prior to writing a narrative?

  • From Bess de Farber's Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016): "Another important step in determining the feasibility of a grant-funded project, without wasting time unnecessarily, is to determine the timeline of activities and an accompanying budget prior to developing any type of project narrative. This strategy allows the team to discuss specifics of the project with a program officer, and in-house administrators, to secure support for the project’s feasibility prior to deciding whether or not the team’s efforts in preparing a full proposal will be supported."
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What are some sources of grant funding for local, regional or national collaborations?

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