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Next Round of Professional Development Grant Applications Due on April 17, 2017

Pennsylvania library workers and library trustees are invited to apply for professional development grants!
Access the application.

Up to $1200 is available for training that addresses any of the following topics

  • Accessible website development and technology
  • Computer  or technology devices or services
  • Community Engagement
  • Facilities Management
  • Fiscal Literacy
  • Teen Services
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Strategic Planning

The maximum scholarship will be $1200, provided on a reimbursement basis.  Scholarship funds may only reimburse registration fees and course materials, lodging and these transportation costs: mileage, tolls, train or air travel costs. All awarded events must be completed within the grant round time period.  For example, round 2 takes place between January 15 and April 30 so the event must be concluded by April 30.

The grant will be awarded to the employing library to be used for the library worker to attend the event.  Both the person desiring to attend a training event and the library director must sign the application form.  Grant guidelines will be available on the Pennsylvania LSTA website.

These grants are made possible with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Any travel reimbursement will be based on the State rate.  Acceptable hotel rates are available on www.gsa.gov. Reimbursement requests need to be submitted within 2 weeks after attendance at the training event and must be on forms you will receive if granted a scholarship. Funding may not be used for advocacy training or fund development training.

Expectations:
Within 2 weeks of attending the event:
*submit a report for the Compendium
OR
contact Diana Megdad to make arrangements for a webinar, podcast or in-person presentation with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries
AND
*submit a final LSTA report within 2 weeks of attendance of the training event.

How Do I Apply?
This is a competitive opportunity with three funding rounds. Access the rubric.
Please submit your completed application, and any attachments, to RA-LSTA@pa.gov with the subject heading: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT by the deadline of:

October 4 at 5:00pm for training events that will be held from October 5, 2016 through December 31, 2016 or
January 2 at 5:00pm for training events that will be held from January 15, 2017 through April 30, 2017 or
April 17, 2017 at 5:00pm for training events that will be held from May 2, 2017 through August 31, 2017
(These dates have been revised from initially published dates).

Please contact Diana Megdad (717-787-3124) with any questions.

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