Monday, May 21, 2007

GIC Summer Workshop Line-up Announced

Grants for Non-Profit Organizations

Sessions will include an orientation to the Collection, general grantseeking tips, and hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.

  • Friday, June 29, 2007 ~ 9 a.m. - 12 noon

  • Monday, July 23, 2007 ~ 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding

This free workshop is aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.

  • Thursday, August 30, 2007 ~ 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grants for Your Education

This free presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to individuals for their education and related purposes. The focus will be on how to identify funding sources beyond those that available through most offices of financial aid.

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2007 ~ 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All Workshops:
Location: Memorial Library, Rm 436
Fee: None ~ free to all
Registration: Not required ~ but seating is limited.

For further information regarding this workshop and access to Memorial Library, visit:

Participants requesting disability-related accommodations should contact the campus Library & Information Literacy Instruction Office in advance, preferably at least two weeks prior to the event, at (608) 262-4308, email

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Grants Collection Receives Friends Grant

Memorial Library Reference Department, Grants Information Collection has received a $600 grant from the Friends of the UW-Madison Library to be used for purchase of print materials.

As stated in the proposal submitted for this grant,

"The impact of this [will] extend beyond the library, and on into the community. The nature of the materials may well help individuals acquire additional funding, thereby enhancing the value of the grant significantly on this campus, in the Madison community, and beyond."

We're tremendously excited by - and grateful for - this opportunity to improve upon and expand our selection of grants-related materials! Thank you, Friends! (To learn more about the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visit:

As our new materials come in, we'll be featuring some of them here on the GIC blog, so stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Final Grants Workshop of the Semester on May 11th

The last "Grants for Nonprofit Organizations" workshop of the semester will be held on Friday, May 11, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Memorial Library, Rm 436.

The session will include a general orientation to the Grants Information Collection, grantseeking tips, and hands-on practice using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online.

There is no sign-up for this free workshop. However, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele. Topics NOT covered include funding for for-profit enterprises and personal welfare assistance.

The GIC does plan to offer at least one session on "Grantseeking for Nonprofit Organization" and one on "Funding for Individual Grantseekers" later this summer. For more information on these and other learning opportunities in Wisconsin as they are made available, visit .

Thursday, May 3, 2007

New Face at the Grants Information Collection

If it's been a while since you last visited the Grants Information Collection (GIC) - virtually or physically - you may be surprised to find that there have been a few changes taking place as of late!

Here's a recap for those of you who've been away:

  • Long-time Grants Librarian, Elizabeth Breed, has retired and handed the collection reins over to Nikki Busch (seen above right). "Saint Liz" as she is known by some, is rumored to be enjoying her retirement and is (if possible) more active in artistic and equestrian endeavors than ever. Nikki promises to carry on in the tradition of excellence in service and education that Liz has pioneered at the GIC. Do feel free to contact her with your questions and comments at .

  • The physical collection, located on the 2nd floor of Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has moved to a new space adjacent to its old location in reference You can now find both print and online materials in Room 262 D/E (directly behind the reference desk).

  • Last, but certainly not least, is the web site's ( new look and feel. In response to an online user survey conducted during the month of February, the GIC web site now uses an easier to read font,and a less text-intensive writing style. Navigational links appear throughout the site along the top of the screen. And, more is on the way!