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Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST
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Denied! - Webinar (02/17/22) 

Why 90% of Grant Proposals Don't Get Funded


Grant proposals are declined for a variety of reasons, even though these projects have great merit. This unfortunate event can happen often and it can be devastating to project teams who have invested many hours of precious time pursuing an award for a very worthy project. It helps to know why this happens so that you can anticipate this possibility prior to submitting your funding proposal.

Learn the pitfalls you can avoid to give your proposals a more competitive chance of being awarded.


  • Knowledge of reviewer comments and viewpoints
  • Greater understanding of methods used to review applications and what can happen during review
  • Learning about the most common mistakes made by applicants

Virtual Trainer: Bess de Farber

Bess de Farber serves as the University of Florida Libraries’ Grants Manager. She has provided grantsmanship instruction to hundreds of library staff, nonprofit and academic professionals, artists, and university students in the past 30 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries.

She is the author of Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016), and co-author of Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits (2017). Her latest book, Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships, was released in July 2021. All three books are available from the NEFLIN Lending Library. De Farber holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California.


This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.