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Community Library Enhancement Fund (CLEF)

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Overview

The Utah State Library Division (USL) has legal authority to set standards for public libraries (UCA 9-7-205). The Standards for Utah Public Libraries present minimum levels of effort required by public libraries in order to receive certain services and grants from USL.

Eligible Libraries

The Standards further require that libraries meet additional governance, funding, access, personnel, resources, technology, facilities, marketing, administration, and advocacy requirements. All Utah public libraries that fulfill the requirements for State Library Certification are eligible for an annual Community Library Enhancement Fund (CLEF) Payment (formerly Public Library Development Grant).

Grants awards schedule

Community Library Enhancement Funds are calculated for all qualified and certified public libraries following the State Legislature session and are awarded at the beginning of the next calendar year. CLEF payments are based on a formula which takes into account the population the library serves, the wealth of the community, and the financial effort the local government is making to support library services.

Allowed Uses

Community Library Enhancement Funds may be used for the following three areas:

  • Collection Development (such as children’s materials, video materials, online resources, materials in another language, special new collections, enhanced current collections)
  • Technology That Directly Affects The Public (such as public access computing, library catalogs, online resources, technology training, wifi)
  • Community Outreach (such as services for seniors, teens, migrants, head starts, outreach to those who don’t use the library)

In addition, the State Library requires more specific reporting on the outcome of the above expenditures. The reason for these changes is the need to provide more measurable results that will affirm CLEF’s value to the legislature and taxpayers. It is important to use these dollars to support services that benefit as many people as possible.

Local Government Support (Maintenance of Effort)

Local governments must provide funding for public libraries. To be eligible for the current fiscal year CLEF payment, the jurisdiction must comply with maintenance of effort funding support for the library. The jurisdiction must expend an amount not less than 90% of the average operating expenditures coming from local funds in the three previous fiscal years, exclusive of capital outlay.

Reporting

Recipients are required to complete an online report of expenditures under this grant. In 2013, the online survey will be due by September 15.

  • Online Survey
  • 2013 CLEF Report Blank Form (pdf)
  • 2013 CLEF Report Instructions (pdf)
  • Use the American FactFinder (US Census) to calculate Total People Served in your CLEF project:
    In the COMMUNITY FACTS search box:
    – type your location, for example “Tooele City, Utah” or “Grand County, Utah
    – under POPULAR TABLES FOR THIS GEOGRAPHY click on the link 2010 Census “Population, Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing…”
    – this will open a table with the number of people in various age ranges. Use the age ranges that more closely represent your target audience.

For questions or problems contact:

Steve Matthews
Grants Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6722
Phone Number (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address smatthews@utah.gov
Craig Neilson
Library Resources Program Manager
Phone Number (801) 715-6750
Phone Number (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address cneilson@utah.gov