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Grant Writing Tips – From BTF Recipient


Several organizations that initially apply for a BTF grant indicate that the process of completing the grant application is difficult. Why? Organizations point to lack of funds to hire a grant writer or lack of staff/volunteers with time or experience to complete the application.

Marge Jacobs is a grant writer who submitted an application for a BTF grant for the City of Port Isabel located near South Padre Island, TX.  A BTF grant was awarded to provide funding for the installation of Musco Lighting equipment for the Little League field in the Laguna Madre Park.

Jacobs’s advice is directed to those applicants located in Texas. However, several states have similar programming:

The University of North Texas has an online website for librarians to gain knowledge about various things.  Advise inquirers to go to  On the left side of the page, click on LE@D for Individuals / Courses.

The Grant Writing Basics is a self-paced course which instructs techniques for writing grants, specifically for libraries.  The student has one month to complete the work.  The course costs $45.  This is the course I took when I began writing grants.  I made a hard copy of each lesson so that I could refer to the information when I wrote my first several grants.   The information provided can be applied to any type of grant once you finish the course.

UNT also has Minicourses which deal with grants and grant writing.  The cost is $89.  The courses can be found at www.ed2go/unt.  The grant courses can be found under Writing and Publishing. 

The courses offer:

         Learn a new skill or enhance existing skills for professional development or personal enrichment.

         New sessions starting monthly with lessons and assignments released weekly.

         2-4 hours a week in a convenient six-week format.

         Interactive learning environment. Classroom built around discussion areas where you can engage with classmates and instructors.

         Expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each course.

         Award of completion from your learning institution with passing score.


If you have any advice or grant writing tips for completing a grant application,  we want to know! Email us at



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