Anyone Can Write a Grant

September 19, 2013

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk from Libraries Thrive Consulting joins Demco’s Director of Industry Relations, Janet Nelson, to discuss how anyone can write grants for their library.

Could your library use some extra money? Don’t eliminate grants as an option just because you aren’t a professional grant writer! Although grant writing can be a scary idea, the pros far outweigh the cons and anyone can do it. Following a few easy steps, you and others on your staff can pool your skills to create an effective, successful proposal — and start bringing in some more money for your library!

Learn how to:

  1. Break the grant writing process down into simple steps
  2. Bring staff skills together to build an effective “Grants Team”
  3. Understand the pitfalls of grant writing – and how to avoid them
  4. Implement helpful tips that lead to success and money


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[do action=”icon_pdf”/]Tips for Grant Applications

[do action=”icon_htm”/]Reimagining Fundraising


Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is a 31-year public library veteran, with experience in everything from direct customer service to management and administration. Now an active library planner, speaker and trainer, she is also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011), Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013), and the upcoming Renew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, January 2017). Hakala-Ausperk also teaches for Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science, the American Library Association's Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA), InfoPeople and more. She also writes Demco's Library Advice blog. As the owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting, Hakala-Ausperk helps libraries create exciting strategic plans, she keynotes and presents at conferences and she facilitates workshops and academies around the country. Catherine's passion is for supporting, coaching and developing great libraries, successful team members, and – especially – strong and effective library leaders.


Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.