Many grant-funded projects involve collaboration. The successful completion of project activities often requires organizations to work together. As you plan your project, you will likely discover that there are other organizations in your community that share the same goals you seek to achieve with the project. Effective partnerships require shared goals, agreed-upon roles and responsibilities, and good communication.
How do I identify and develop partnerships for a grant project?
Infopeople offers a four-week course that is all about creating library partnerships. The introductory content from that course is shared here: Creating the Foundation for Partnerships.
Although the Infopeople course A Smart Partnership specifically focuses on libraries partnering with schools, it includes useful general information about partnerships, too, including benefits, types, and reasons why some partnerships might not work: A Passion for Partnerships. See also the Sample_Partnership_Agreement from the course. It articulates roles and responsibilities and can be useful for partnerships with organizations of all kinds.
Initiating new partnerships can be intimidating at first, but if you develop a solid message, it can be easier: Building a Great Partnership Message.
In the Infopeople course Library Grants 101, the importance of partnerships for grant success is emphasized and the list of potential partners may inspire you as you identify partners for your own project: The First Two Steps of the Grant Cycle: Partnerships.
Learn more about partnerships!
An Infopeople archived webinar presented by Tonya Kennon (Sept 2016). This webinar discusses the essence of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as well as real life examples of how it can work in a library.
An Infopeople archived webinar presented by Barbara Alvarez (Nov 2017). This webinar discusses using storytelling in order to develop and create sustainable engagement with local businesses, organizations and library users.
An Infopeople archived webinar presented by Barbara Alvarez (Sept 2016). This webinar discusses how to take connections with the business community to the next level through embedded networking and sustainable structured library services.
An Infopeople archived webinar presented by Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding (Nov 2015). This webinar demonstrates essential steps involved in focus groups and interviews including: clearly defining the goal, how to select participants, how to successfully conduct the interviews and how to analyze and synthesize the data to create valuable results.
Facilitating Multi-Dimensional Listening: Helping Groups Identify Common Ground while Acknowledging Differences
A California State Library webinar hosted by Infopeople and presented by Susan Stuart Clark (Feb 2018). This webinar provides tools for facilitators and discussion leaders who want to further develop their listening skills. It includes instruction in advanced facilitation concepts supported by examples from fellow librarians.