Idaho Learning Partnership Grant
The Idaho Learning Partnership is a collaborative effort with the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) and the Office of the State Board of Education (OSBE), and the Lumina Foundation to better meet the needs of adult learners, especially veterans.
A new pilot program targets libraries in the following 11 counties which have been identified as having a high percentage of veterans: Adams, Boise, Camas, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Gem, Idaho, Lemhi, Lewis, and Shoshone.
If your library is located in one of the above counties, it is eligible for a grant ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 to help connect more adults with college and career resources. These grants are not competitive, and no matching funds are required. Grant funds can be used in a variety of ways including to purchase mobile hotspots and devices for adult learners, events and promotional efforts, educational programming (include training or classes), library resources or technology, enhancing or establishing partnerships, increasing a library staff members’ hours or contracting with someone to help with goals related to college and career readiness, community and workforce development planning, and other areas that support the goals of increasing access to high-quality education for veterans and adults and supporting rural community and economic development. Grant applications are due July 28, 2020.
The ICfL is planning a series of 90-minute online training sessions starting on July 8 with an introductory session about the project and question and answer time about the grant application. We hope to convene an in-person session in the next six to eight months to see how projects are coming along and provide additional resources.
Online sessions will include:
- Introduction to the grant process with Q & A time [watch recording] – July 8 at noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT
- Higher Education in Idaho – August 19 at noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT
- Overcoming student barriers to enrollment and completion – September 23 at noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT
- Connecting Veterans with resources – October 21 at noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT
- Connecting community members with employment resources – November 17 at noon MST, 11 a.m. PST
Attending the webinars (either live or watching the recordings) will be a grant requirement. Participating libraries will also be asked to track the approximate number of veterans and adults they reach with college and career and workforce development information, report on local partnerships, and host at least two events to promote the program, one in their library and one outreach event, partnering with a local community group or organization. Due to concerns about COVID-19, we realize these events may be very small, even one-on-one, or convened virtually.
In addition to the training and other resources you can promote in your library, the ICfL’s Administrative Services Manager Roger Dubois is the leader for this project and a personal resource you should feel free to utilize! Roger served in the United States Air Force for 30 years and has been with the ICfL for the past ten years. He is a natural storyteller, a great listener, and he is looking forward to working with you to help connect veterans to resources.
If you have questions about any aspect of this pilot program, please contact Stephanie, Roger, or Randy at 1-800-458-3271.