ICfL Funding for Libraries

Library Services and Technology Act

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are Federal funds awarded annually to the Idaho Commission for Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States Program. These funds are governed by the purposes and priorities set forth by the US Congress, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Grant Guidance for allowable uses of federal funds. The Idaho Commission for Libraries utilizes LSTA funding for a variety of statewide programs as well as Continuing Education Grants. For additional information about ICfL's use of LSTA funds, see Idaho's "LSTA Five-Year Plan (2013-2017)" and "LSTA Five-Year Evaluation (2013-2017)".

Continuing Education (CE) Grants from ICfL

Through continuing education opportunities, the Idaho Commission for Libraries assists Idaho libraries in building capacity to better serve their clientele. Idaho libraries may apply for grants to support an individual employee or group continuing education activities. CE activities must be specific to library programs and/or services and address one of the LSTA priorities.

CE Grant Conditions
  • Review the grant requirements in the 2017-2018 CE Grant Guide.
  • Also, be aware of the following:

    • All are reimbursement grants paid to the grantee.
    • The grant applicant/grantee is the publicly-funded library; the library staff member is the participant/attendee.
    • Applicants must be employed by the publicly-funded library during the entire time of the event, otherwise they will not be reimbursed.
    • Director or library supervisor approval must be secured prior to completing the application.
    • Each participant must contact the Continuing Education Consultant prior to submitting the application.
    • All participants are required to participate in the six-month follow-up after the event.
    • All participants must complete a transfer of knowledge/information activity to colleagues and/or end-users.
    • Failure to comply with end-of-event grant documentation or deliverables can impact approval of future grant requests.


    Pre-Application Process
  • Step One: Review the 2017-2018 CE Grant Guide for grant specifics to make sure one of the grant types fits your need
  • Step Two: Contact ICfL's Continuing Education Consultant to get pre-approval from the consultant for the particular CE event you have in mind and to discuss the grant application questions
  • Step Three: Identify a need in your library that the conference, course, or group training will fulfill and what the anticipated benefit to the end-user will be. Identify a means to transfer knowledge or training to colleagues or end-users.
  • (If applying for a First Time Conference Grant, review the Pre-Approved Library Events List for your conference. Complete the Proposed Library Event Form if the CE event you want to attend is NOT on the pre-approved list and submit it to the CE Consultant via email 70 days prior to the start of the event you would like to attend. Please note, events focusing on marketing, advocacy or fundraising are not eligible.)
  • Step Four: Review the LSTA Eligibility Checklist with your Library Director to make sure your library meets the eligibility requirements of the grant program
  • Step Five: Review the correlating online application and gather all the required information before starting the document as it CANNOT be saved and completed later.
  • Step Six: Apply to one of the four types of CE Grants: a 1st Time Conference Grant, a Library Science Course Grant, Leadership Course Grant, or a Group Training Grant (see next section below for details)!!
  • CE Grant Applications & Reimbursement/Evaluation Docs
    All CE Grant applications must be submitted 50 days prior to the start of the CE Event for which you are applying.
  • First Time Conference Grants
  • Library Science Course Grants
  • Group Training Grants
  • Leadership Course Grants

  • Additional Grant Resources

    Check out these additional resources for CE Grants and basic grant writing tips and information:

  • 2017-2018 School Library Access Mini-Grants  (Application is now closed)
  • 2015 CE Grants Power Point
  • Grant Writing 101 Power Point
  • Librarian Survival Guide on "Grant Writing"(see tabs at the top)
  • School Grant Sources (geared towards schools, but lots of crossover to public libraries as well)
  • Do you have questions about grant funding through ICfL? Please contact our Grants Officer or a specific program director for more information.

    Funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.