Everyone wants free money. Businesses, community organizations, government agencies, and individuals come to the library looking for ways to get free money. The main source of this money is grants.
There are literally billions of dollars available and this inspires many grant seekers to spend time and effort researching appropriate sources of grants. Grant research is not ready reference--it is time consuming research and should be treated as such in any reference policy. Grant seekers will need to find information on grant organizations, types of grants offered, areas of interest to the provider, deadlines for application, format for grant proposals, and any other pertinent information. Reference librarians can help by providing sources of information on grants and information on how to write grant proposals.
There are many good reference sources on grants available. One particularly good resource is Minnesota Giving: A guide to Minnesota grantmakers. Another is the Minnesota Foundation Directory.
Complete the Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers Practice Questions.
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