The Commission for Libraries makes available a number of Continuing Education Grant opportunities to assist Idaho library staff to build their capacity to better serve their communities. Individuals working at eligible libraries may submit an application for Continuing Education grants. The CE Grants are funded with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in accordance with the Commission’s LSTA Five Year Plan and state agency Strategic Plan. Grants include funding for First Time Conference Attendance, Library Science Courses, Leadership Development, and Group Training.

Grant Category Award Amount Limitations Matching Requirement
First Time Conference Attendance $250 – $900 First time at event
One per State fiscal year
None
Library Science Course $250 – $1,000 One per semester/term
$6,000 lifetime maximum
25% of total project cost
Leadership Development $250 – $1,000 One per semester
$3,000 lifetime maximum
25% of total project cost
Group Training $500 – $5,000 One per State fiscal year 25% of total project cost
  • The GRANTEE must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • All funds are distributed to the GRANTEE, not directly to the participant, as reimbursements after the project is complete.
  • The grant applicant/grantee is the publicly-funded library; library staff is a participate/attendee.
  • Participants/attendees must be employed by the publicly-funded library during the entire duration of the project or funds will not be reimbursed.
  • Director or supervisor approval must be secured prior to submitting the application.
  • Participants must contact the ICfL Continuing Education Consultant prior to application submission. Call Tammy at 208-639-4144.
  • Participants must agree to participate in evaluation of their experience immediate after the project and 6 months following.
  • Failure to comply with post-project evaluation and documentation will impact approval for future grant applications.

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The First Time Conference Grant is designed to provide the opportunity for library staff to attend regional or national library conferences for the first time which fulfill an identified professional development need for the participant and their role in the library.

Process for Application

  • Step 1- Review the 2019-2020 CE Grant Guide

  • Step 2-Determine if your application meets these requirements.

    • Participants are limited to one First Time Conference Grant during each State Fiscal Year (July-June).
    • It must be the participant’s first time attending the conference.
    • The conference must be at least 50 miles away from the participant’s library.
    • Grant awards are for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $900.
    • Grant funds may be used for registration, preconference registration, lodging, airfare or mileage, airport shuttle/parking, airline baggage fees (1 bag each way), and public transportation.
    • Grant funds may not be used for special speaker/event fees, award lunches or dinners, meals/per diem for the participant,  and tips for cabs or shared-rides (Lyft/Uber).
    • Applications are due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the conference.
  • Step 3- Contact Tammy Hawley-House for a consultation and invitation to apply. Email / 208.639.4144

  • Step 4- Review the Eligibility Requirements with  your library director/supervisor. This step now takes the place of the eligibility checklist states in the grants guideline.

  • Step 5- Preview the application. (Please use the online application in Step 6 after previewing this pdf document when submitting your application)

  • Step 6- Complete the online application. 

    • Once the application is submitted, ICfL staff will review it and make a recommendation regarding potential award within 10 business days.
    • A copy of the submitted application form will be sent to the participant and the library director at the email addresses listed on the form.
    • If an award is made, a grant award packet will be sent to the library director and participant for signatures along with information for proceeding.
    • If an award is not made, the applicant will be notified of the decision.

Evaluation and Reimbursement Forms

The Library Science Course grant opportunity support the achievement of an MLS or other library certification which requires formal education. It cannot be used for non-library related courses or degrees. This grant support a library employee to attend university or college-level library science courses or other professional development opportunities such as an ALA-Accredited Masters Degree in Library Science, State of Idaho Education Media Generalist Endorsement, the ALA’s Associate Library Support Staff Certification program. the College of Southern Idaho’s library science courses, or other library specific courses.

Process for Application

  • Step 1- Review the 2019-2020 CE Grant Guide

  • Step 2-Determine if your application meets these requirements.

    • Participants are limited to one grant per academic semester/term up to a lifetime of of $6000.
    • Grant awards per semester are for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000.
    • Grant funds may be used for course tuition, registration, and books/materials fees.
    • Grant funds may not be used for meal/per diem costs.
    • The applicant or applicant’s library must match the award with 25% of the total course costs.
    • Applications are due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the course.
  • Step 3- Contact Tammy Hawley-House for a consultation and invitation to apply. Email / 208.639.4144

  • Step 4-Review the Eligibility Requirements with  your library director/supervisor. This step now takes the place of the eligibility checklist states in the grants guideline.

  • Step 5- Preview the application. (Please use the online application in Step 6 after previewing this pdf document when submitting your application)
  • Step 6- Complete the online application.

    • Once the application is submitted, ICfL staff will review it and make a recommendation regarding potential award within 10 business days.
    • A copy of the submitted application form will be sent to the participant and the library director at the email addresses listed on the form.
    • If an award is made, a grant award packet will be sent to the library director and participant for signatures along with information for proceeding.
    • If an award is not made, the applicant will be notified of the decision.

Evaluation and Reimbursement Forms

The Leadership Development Activity grant supports a library employee to attend university or college-level leadership development courses or activity provided by Idaho institutions or organizations to build leadership capacity of library staff so they can better serve their communities.

Suggested leadership development activities include:

  • Boise State University’s BA in Multidisciplinary Studies Leadership Program
  • University of Idaho’s Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership Program
  • College of Western Idaho’s Leadership Courses
  • Lewis Clark State College’s Leadership Course
  • Local Chamber of Commerce Leadership training
  • PNLA Leads

Process for Application

  • Step 1- Review the 2019-2020 CE Grant Guide

  • Step 2-Determine if your application meets these requirements.

    • Grant awards are for a a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000.
    • Participants are limited to 1 Leadership Development Activity Grant per semester and a maximum of $3,000 lifetime award.
    • Grant funds may be used for tuition, registration and course materials.
    • Grant funds may be used if travel is required. Allowable travel costs include lodging, airfare or mileage, airport shuttle/parking, airline baggage fees (one bag each way), and public transportation.
    • Grant funds may not be used for pre-development activity fees, special speaker/event fees, award luncheons or dinner, meals/per diem for participant, and tips for cabs or shared-rides (Lyft/Uber).
    • The applicant must match the award with 25% of the total activity costs.
    • Applications are due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the event.
  • Step 3- Contact Tammy Hawley-House for a consultation and invitation to apply. Email / 208.639.4144

  • Step 4-Review the Eligibility Requirements with  your library director/supervisor. This step now takes the place of the eligibility checklist states in the grants guideline.

  • Step 5- Preview the application. (Please use the online application in Step 6 after previewing this pdf document when submitting your application)

  • Step 6- Complete the online application. 

    • Once the application is submitted, ICfL staff will review it and make a recommendation regarding potential award within 10 business days.
    • A copy of the submitted application form will be sent to the participant and the library director at the email addresses listed on the form.
    • If an award is made, a grant award packet will be sent to the library director and participant for signatures along with information for proceeding.
    • If an award is not made, the applicant will be notified of the decision.

Evaluation and Reimbursement Forms

Group Training grants are designed to provide the opportunity for library staff to receive group training on a specific topic. Training may include bringing a trainer to the library or sending several participants to a training event or conference.

Process for Application

  • Step 1- Review the 2019-2020 CE Grant Guide

  • Step 2-Determine if your application meets these requirements.

    • Applicants may be a single library or a consortium.
    • Participants may include staff or trustees from multiple libraries.
    • Applicants are limited to 1 grant per State Fiscal year.
    • Grant awards are a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $5,000.
    • The applicant must match the award with 25% of the total training costs.
    • Costs for food may be allowable when bringing a training onsite to the library.
    • When sending a group to a training event, grant funds may be used for registration, lodging, airfare or mileage, airport shuttle/parking, airline baggage fees (1 bag each way per person), and public transportation.
    • When sending a group to a training event, grant funds may not be used for, meals/per diem for the participants or tips for cabs or shared-rides (Lyft/Uber).
    • Applications are due 30 calendar days prior to the start of the training event.
  • Step 3- Contact Tammy Hawley-House for a consultation and invitation to apply. Email / 208.639.4144

  • Step 4-Review the Eligibility Requirements with  your library director/supervisor. This step now takes the place of the eligibility checklist states in the grants guideline.

  • Step 5- Preview the application. (Please use the online application in Step 6 after previewing this pdf document when submitting your application)
  • Step 6- Complete the online application. 

    • Once the application is submitted, ICfL staff will review it and make a recommendation regarding potential award within 10 business days.
    • A copy of the submitted application form will be sent to the participant and the library director at the email addresses listed on the form.
    • If an award is made, a grant award packet will be sent to the library director and participant for signatures along with information for proceeding.
    • If an award is not made, the applicant will be notified of the decision.

Evaluation and Reimbursement Forms

Tammy Hawley-House

Tammy Hawley-House

Continuing Education Consultant
Email / 208.639.4144
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