As a part of our 2015-16 Humanities and Grant Writing Fellowship Series, we would like to extend a cordial invitation to faculty, staff, and graduate students in the humanities to participate in our next grant writing workshop entitled What is Your Budget IQ? How to Develop Budgets for Fundable Humanities Fellowship and Grant Proposals led by Bess de Farber, the UF Libraries’ Grant Manager, on Thursday 12 November from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Marston Science Library Visualization Lab (L136). This workshop will discuss common errors and strategies for constructing effective grant proposal budgets in the humanities. Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions by Monday, 9 November to [log in to unmask]. Upon receipt of RSVP, a doodle poll will be distributed to collect individual boxed lunch preferences. More information is below.



What is Your Budget IQ? How to Develop Budgets for Fundable Humanities Fellowship and Grant Proposals

with Bess de Farber, UF Smathers Libraries
Thursday, 12 November from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Marston Science Library (L136)

Crafting a budget is one of the first steps to writing a grant or fellowship proposal in any discipline. A budget helps you to verify the feasibility of your project idea, ensure a good match between your project and potential sponsor, and legitimately justify your request for funding. Regardless of the significance of the proposal idea and how well the narrative is crafted, a budget can make or break a humanities proposal. Budgets are not appendages to grant or fellowship proposals; they are core parts of how a proposal is evaluated. In this workshop, we will discuss how humanities grant and fellowship budgets are viewed by proposal reviewers, common errors in creating budgets, and strategies for determining what expenses to include. This workshop will discuss how to craft a range of project budgets in the humanities, from fellowship proposals to complex collaborative grant proposals. There will also be an opportunity for participants to get feedback on their own fellowship and grant proposal budgets.

This workshop is for all UF faculty, staff, and students in the humanities.


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Bess de Farber
 is the University of Florida Libraries’ grants manager, and previously served as the University of Arizona Libraries’ grants manager. She has provided grantsmanship instruction throughout the past 27 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. Her research interest is asset-based collaboration development. As a certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators, she invented the CoLAB Planning Series®, large group processes, for individuals and organizations seeking new collaborative partnerships. This process has served more than 1,760 individuals and 600 organizations since 2002. de Farber has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Arizona State TRIF (Technology Research Initiative Fund) Awards, and The Children’s Trust (Dade County). As program officer for the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Palm Beach County Cultural Council she managed the allocation of funds for arts and culture, human and race relations, and social services. Price Waterhouse/South Florida magazine honored her as the Up & Comer for Community Development. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her first book, Collaborative Grant Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

·         This event is open to all faculty and graduate students in the humanities.

·         Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To secure your lunch, please RSVP with any dietary restrictions by Monday, November 9th to [log in to unmask]. RSVP as early as possible. Upon receipt of RSVP, a doddle poll will be distributed to collect individual boxed lunch preferences.

·         This event is part of the 2015-16 humanities grant-writing series organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the CLAS Dean’s Office and the UF Office of Research.