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Grant Writing for Collections Care and Access (Level 2)

This course provides instruction on how to write successful proposals for conservation and collections care projects. The course focuses on the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services funding opportunities, but participants will also learn about other funding sources including state/regional funders and private funders. Learn why planning is a foundation of grant readiness. Participants will learn about proposal writing protocols and the review process by reading sample proposals for projects focused on the preservation of and access to collections. Take-home skills will include knowledge of how to design and write a practical proposal with a realistic budget. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a proposal outline during the course and are encouraged to bring draft proposals to receive direct assistance and feedback.

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Bob Beatty and Jennifer Hain Teper

About the Instructor

A “history geek” since elementary school, Bob Beatty is President of the Lyndhurst Group, a community-focused history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction. From 2007-2017 Bob served the American Association for State & Local History, most recently as Chief of Engagement, but also Interim President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer. From 1999-2007 he directed the Education Department at the Orange County (FL) Regional History Center.

He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in History from the University of Central Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University, his dissertation, “You Wanna Play in My Band, You Better Come to Pick,” discusses the influence of Floridian Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band on American music. He is also an instructor of Museum Studies and American History at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Jennifer Hain Teper serves as the Velde Preservation Librarian at the University of Illinois Libraries overseeing conservation, collections care, digital preservation, and the digitization services throughout the library system. She previously served as the head of conservation at the University of Illinois libraries from 2001-2008. Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials. She teaches several preservation and conservation courses in the Graduate School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, where she serves as the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Working Group.

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