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Challenge grants: frightening, frustrating, and fruitful

Mary Stanley (Library Communications and Development, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the challenges and benefits of a challenge grant.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper explains the University of Waterloo Library's first‐hand experiences in seeking and acquiring a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation.

Findings

The challenge grant can provide libraries with a unique opportunity to raise their profiles, enlist the support of key leaders, generate excitement about their organizations' work and future plans, and raise additional funds.

Originality/value

The paper provides practical suggestions that offer incentive and encouragement to seek a challenge grant due to the many benefits that accrue to a library development program.

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Citation

Stanley, M. (2008), "Challenge grants: frightening, frustrating, and fruitful", The Bottom Line, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 11-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880450810875701

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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