Open Your Mind to Grant Writing – a Virtual Workshop Series

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Virtual Workshop Reminders:

  • Attendees should plan to attend in real-time whenever possible.

  • Only virtual workshop registrants will have access to view recordings — links to these events will not be available in the Training Archive.

  • Virtual Workshops are live, interactive events featuring group discussions and breakout sessions.

  • Attendees should be prepared to complete brief readings and assignments between (or before) workshop meetings. Many Virtual Workshops are project-focused — read the Notes section below for additional details or requirements.

Virtual Workshop Description:

Planning and writing grants are great skills that can help build community connections. And, like all skills, they get stronger with practice.

If you’ve applied for an Open Grant through the State Library of Ohio in the past or are planning to submit one in 2021, take this opportunity to develop and revise your ideas in this series of virtual workshops.

Attendees will review and revise their grant project ideas with one-on-one assistance from Cindy Boyden — LSTA Grant Coordinator at the State Library of Ohio.

Using collaborative tools like break out rooms and group chat, attendees will have the opportunity to:

Discuss their plans and ideas with colleagues from other OhioNET member libraries and gather tips on improving the six main sections of grant applications:

  • introduction,  

  • problem statement/needs assessment,  

  • objectives,  

  • methods/activities,  

  • evaluation/outcomes, and  

  • budget.  

Notes: Attendees should have copies of the following materials on hand during the virtual workshop meetings:

  • Tentative grant/project idea to discuss 

  • Library’s strategic plan 

  • Library’s mission/vision statement 

Attendees should review the following documents before the first virtual workshop meeting:

Meeting Dates and Times:

  • Introduction and Needs Assessment - Thursday, April 29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Objectives and Activities - Thursday, May 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Evaluation/Outcomes and Budget - Thursday, May 27 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.


  • OhioNET members can register at no cost using the button above.

April 29th, 2021 1:30 PM through May 27th, 2021 3:30 PM
Phone: 1-800-686-8975
Event Fee(s)
OhioNET Members $ 0.00
Webinar Event
Webinar Key
Archived Webinar Link
Event Details
Presenter Name Cindy Boyden (State Library of Ohio)
Presenter Background

Cindy has worked for the State Library of Ohio since December of 2014. In December of 2015, she was promoted to LSTA Coordinator / Library Consultant within the Library Programs and Development Department. Prior to joining the State Library, Cindy worked for eight years at Worthington Public Libraries as a Circulation Assistant.

Cindy received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013 and completed her Cumulative Experience (practicum) within the Government Documents Collection of the State Library of Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2008.

Cindy has also co-published several articles and a book chapter on topics including Customer Orientation and Soft Skills. She participated in the 2015 ILEAD USA Ohio cohort and was the Instructor Corp Coordinator for the 2017 and 2019 ILEAD USA Ohio cohort.  

Training Track Cultivating Connections
Who Should Attend Library staff who are actively considering or currently planning a grant application.
CE Contact Hours 6