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UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant

Grant Description

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. The Utah State Library funds these grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge the Utah State Library when undertaking and promoting grant supported activities.

Application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • August 15
  • September 15

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a resident of Utah for at least one year.
  • Applicant must be employed by, or be a board member of, a publicly funded school or public library, or be a Utah-based member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium.
  • Only one grant per individual funded every two state fiscal years (July 1- June 30).
  • An MLIS applicant must first have completed at least six credit hours in a library science program to be eligible for a tuition support grant.
  • Individuals working in personal, church, or private libraries and full-time students working on general undergraduate degrees are not eligible for these grants.

Project Eligibility (Priority given in the following order)

  • Graduate library science courses.
  • Appropriate undergraduate courses in library science.
  • Appropriate non-credit courses in library science.
  • Workshops, in-depth training opportunities in library service, or library-related conferences having direct impact upon work or board responsibilities.
  • Targeted training that is customized to the audience.

Funds Available

Applicants may request funds to reimburse registration fees and reasonable travel to a professional development opportunity. Applicants registering for credit courses in a graduate or undergraduate library science degree program may request funds for tuition support only. In this circumstance, a maximum grant pays tuition up to $1,000 per individual, based upon available funding. The Utah State Library will reimburse grant recipients enrolled in credit classes after USL receives a copy of an unofficial transcript and evaluation.

Evaluation

Grant recipients agree to evaluate training opportunities and credit courses using the evaluation and claim form provided by the Utah State Library.

Procedures

  • Applications must be submitted online only. See contact information below.
  • Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on whichever deadline is most appropriate. This schedule may vary in future years depending upon demand and funding.
  • Utah State Library staff reviews the application and gives recommendations to the Director. USL notifies applicants of the decision within thirty days of the review dates (by March 15, July 15, or November 15) and sends out a contract for signatures.
  • The grant recipient returns the signed contract to the State Library.
  • The grant recipient submits financial receipts (for credit courses, a grade report showing successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better), and an evaluation and claim form to the Utah State Library within 30 days of the completion of the event.

For more information or assistance contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jwhetman@utah.gov
 

ARSL Grant

2017 ARSL Grant Information

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017, 11:30 PM

The Utah State Library is offering a grant to pay for attendance to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, September 7-9, 2017 in St. George, UT.  It may also include the preconference on September 6, 2017.

This grant covers conference registration, a one year membership to ARSL, and travel expenses excepting car rental, up to $1,000 total.

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons.

Application

Online Application

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a library director, library staff, or trustee in a small or rural public library or a tribal library in Utah.

Project Eligibility

This grant round is limited to attendance at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) to be held in in St. George, UT on September 7-9, 2017, preconference September 6.

Funds Available

USL pays for registration, ARSL membership, lodging, meals, and transportation expenses excluding car rental. The maximum award is up to $1,000 per individual. Applicant must complete the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Acknowledgement

The USL and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) fund these grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge USL and LSTA when undertaking and promoting grant supported activities.

Evaluation

Grant recipients agree to evaluate this experience using the Claim Form provided by USL.

  1. Online Claim & Final Report Form

Procedures

  1. Apply online
  2. Applications are due by 11:30 pm on May 15, 2017.
  3. Utah State Library Division staff reviews the applications and gives recommendations to the Division Director. Decisions are made based upon the merits of the application. The Division notifies applicants of the decision within 15 days of the review date and sends out a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for signatures.
  4. The grant recipient returns the signed MOA, and all attachments, to Julie Anderson of the State Library, 801-715-6797, juanderson@utah.gov.
  5. The grant recipient submits financial receipts and the Claim Form and Final Report Form document to the Utah State Library Division by October 1, 2017.
  6. Attendees will be required to share what they learned with the larger Utah library community within one year:
    1. Present information you learned in an online training session sponsored by the State Library (Jessica Whetman will help with this)
    2. Submit a short review for use on the State Library’s social media pages
    3. Present at ULA or another Utah library conference
    4. Provide training at your library that others from neighboring libraries may attend
    5. Other

For more information or for assistance in the grant process, contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jwhetman@utah.gov
 

Five-Year Plan Evaluation Results

Utah State Library hired the independent evaluator QualityMetrics, to determine how Utah libraries using LSTA expenditures followed the current 2013-17 plan and if the funds have helped Utah libraries meet the needs of library patrons.

We are pleased to share the results of that formal evaluation and will use these findings to develop a new Utah LSTA plan for 2018-2022.

Utah State Library LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013–2017 

The State Library staff with input from focus groups and library staff and with the assistance of outside consultants developed the LSTA Five Year Plan 2013-2017. We are currently in the process of developing the next five year plan and will share the results after the new plan is reviewed and accepted by IMLS.

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2016 LSTA Regular Grants

General Information for 2016 LSTA Regular Grants

  • The Utah State Library will award up to $300,000 in total grant funds during the 2016 Regular LSTA Grant funding period on a competitive basis for library projects.
  • Available funds for projects will be awarded according to community benefit and innovation.
  • To determine eligibility, applicants are encouraged to review the Applicant Library Eligibility Criteria prior to applying.
  • Projects that request a significant portion of the available funds may be asked to reduce the size of the project prior to approval.
  • Applications will be peer reviewed and scored by representatives from Utah’s library community.
  • Successful proposals may be partially or fully funded. Not all requests may be funded.
  • Grant funds may not be used prior to the start date of the grant.
  • Grant projects must fit into at least one of the Goals stated in USL’s LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017

Deadlines and Timetable for 2016 LSTA Regular Grants

April 14, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant application period opens
June 20, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant application period closes at Noon MST
July 20, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant funded projects announced
September 1, 2016
Signed Memorandum of Agreements due to Utah State Library
September 1, 2016
Regular LSTA grant projects start – Grant funding available
November 15, 2016
1st Interim Report due to Utah State Library
February 15, 2017
2nd Interim Report due to Utah State Library
May 15, 2017
3rd Interim Report due to Utah State Library
June 30, 2017
Last day to spend 2016 LSTA Regular Grant project funds
October 3, 2017
Final Report for 2016 LSTA Regular Grant projects due

LSTA Regular Grant Resources

Allowable Costs

Application Preview (for planning purposes only)

Definitions of Federal Assurance Terms

LSTA Grant Applications Step by Step Guide

Grant Administrative Guidelines

Grant Award Appeal Process

Partnership Statement

Salary and Wage Reimbursement Criteria

Salary & Wages Time Sheet Example

Request for Advancement of Funds

Request for Reimbursement of Funds


Due: November 15, 2016, February 15, 2017 and May 15, 2017

LSTA Regular Grant Project Final Report
Due: October 1, 2017

  • Contact Kari May for assistance

For more information or assistance contact:

Kari May
Phone Number (801) 715-6776 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address kmay@utah.gov
 

Día Multicultural Mini Grants

NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017

 

Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros / Children’s Day, Book DayLibrary - Dia de los Niños

Evaluation | Survey | Overview | Eligibility | Allowable Use of Funds | Application Criteria & Commitment | Resources & Ideas

Orientation Webinar

Application

Deadline: February 14, 2016

Evaluation

Deadline: May 15, 2016

You can use these documents to help you prepare your final report. When you are ready to submit, you can copy & paste the responses to the online form.

Public Survey

Overview

In many places of Latin America, “Día del Niño” (Day of the Child) or “Día de los Niños” (Children’s Day) marks an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life of all children. Although the exact date of the celebration varies from country to country, April 30th is usually reserved for this holiday. In addition, in the 1950s, the United Nations signed resolutions that affirmed the universal rights of children and encouraged countries to dedicate a day to them.

In the mid 1990s in the United States, author and poet Pat Mora began to promote Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros / Children’s Day, Book Day (also known as DIA), a new holiday that celebrated childhood, literacy, and language. In Utah, educators and librarians embraced this holiday and every year hold events and activities that highlight the importance of literacy, books, and reading in the lives of children.

The Utah State Library Division has developed a directed mini grant project to support libraries throughout the state in their efforts to connect children and families of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the wondrous realm of books and reading and the transformational services of libraries with special activities or events held during the month of April 2015.

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA, have created an awesome website full of resources to help you plan and conduct meaningful and successful DIA events and activities. Visit the DIA website and check out the Resource Guide.

Eligible Libraries

The Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros / Children’s Day, Book Day Mini Grant Project is open to all school libraries, public libraries, and tribal libraries in the State of Utah interested in holding their own Día! event or activities. School libraries within the same district are encouraged to apply individually. Likewise, branch libraries within the same system are encouraged to apply individually.

Grant Awards – Allowable Use of Funds

  • Consultant Fees: This amount includes all expenses related to acquiring the services of a consultant for a specific activity within the project. A consultant may be an author, poet, educator, trainer, or presenter. Costs may include fees, travel, accommodation, and support services obtained directly by the consultant.
  • Travel: This amount includes all airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, meals, etc. Expenses must be related to project activities and must be incurred by the staff working on the project.
  • Supplies / Materials: This amount includes all costs for supplies and materials purchased specifically for the project. Purchases may include educational materials that directly support the desired results noted above; costs involved to inform the public or the media about DIA events and activities; costs involved in producing brochures or handouts about DIA events and activities.
  • Services: This amount includes the cost of services provided by a contractor or vendor.
  • FOOD OR REFRESHMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWABLE EXPENSES

Application Criteria & Commitment

The desired results (outcomes) for the Día Mini Grant Project include:

  • Connect children to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

A successful mini grant application will clearly:

  • Describe in detail the specific goal of the project. What outcome do you want to see in the participant? In what way will the BEHAVIOR or ATTITUDE of the participant change? What SKILLS or KNOWLEDGE will the participant gain? In what way will the participant’s LIFE CONDITION or STATUS be transformed? and describe in detail the activities, events or programs you will conduct to achieve the stated goals or outcomes..
  • Identify at least one strategic community partnership AND highlight how the partnership will help achieve the desired results.
  • Describe in detail how you plan to spend your grant funds in a budget narrative.

The Día Mini Grant recipient will:

  • Plan and conduct at least one event or activity during the month of April
  • Register the event or activities at the National Día Program Registry
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the Día Mini Grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division.
  • Conduct a brief survey of event participants
  • Fill out and submit an online evaluation

Recommended Resources & Ideas for Your Dia Day

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jtlee@utah.gov
 

2016 Teen Literature Mini Grants

To apply:

Closed for 2015. Check back in 2016.

Deadline was: December 31, 2015

Evaluation & Teen Survey:

Overview:

Ten public libraries will receive $500.00 total to:

  • Travel (limited to $150.00) to the seminar What’s New in Young Adult Literature provided by the Bureau of Education and Research and taught by Patti Tjomsland on January 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Airport;
  • Purchase books, e-books and/or audiobooks highlighted in seminar and;
  • Plan at least one teen program featuring the highlighted books by May 15, 2016.

The Utah State Library will pay for all ten grant recipients to attend the What’s New in Young Adult Literature Seminar.

Grantees will be notified by by January 11, 2016.

The Teen Literature mini grant will result in staff:

  • Recognizing and respecting the reading tastes and educational needs of teens
  • Expanding library services and materials to teens
  • Providing an opportunity to engage teens in your library through new books

The Teen Literature mini grant recipient will:

  • Attend the “What’s New in Young Adult Literature” seminar on January 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City.
  • Purchase teen materials highlighted in the seminar to add to your library’s collection.
  • Plan and conduct at least one teen program using books purchased through mini-grant no later than May 15, 2016.
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the mini grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division, under the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts.
  • Conduct a brief survey of teen program attendees.
  • Fill out and submit an evaluation by June 15, 2016.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number   (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

FLIP: Focused Library Improvement Program

The FY 2016 budget includes $100,000 to implement a pilot program to direct funds in areas within local libraries with the greatest needs to assist them in reaching regular CLEF (Community Library Enhanced Fund) eligibility and/or increasing the number of Public Library Certification Benchmarks the library meets.

This is a closed grant. The Utah State Library Division has identified the libraries to participate in this program.

FLIP Interim Report: Due December 7, 2015 and January 31, 2016

 

Native Heritage Grants

Indigenous Month Mini Grants

Application | Evaluation | Survey | Overview | Eligibility | Allowable Use of Funds | Grant Criteria & Commitment

Overview

The State Library joins forces with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs to offer several mini grants of up to $1,000 to help Utah libraries enhance their educational activities associated with American Indian Heritage Month during the month of November 2015 by holding educational events or activities that honor our American Indian heritage.

If your library is interested in holding a special event, program or activities to honor American Indian Heritage Month or Native American Heritage Month, consider applying for one of the State Library’s Native Heritage Grants and tapping into the activities planned by our sister agency, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Here is an example of last year’s 2014 Indigenous Month Projects.

Application

  • The application deadline was September 30, 2015.
  • Online Application
  • View PDF for planning purposes only. Use Online Application.

Eligible Libraries

The Indigenous Month Mini Grant is open to all libraries (academic, public, school, and tribal) in the State of Utah. School libraries within the same district are encouraged to apply individually. Likewise, branch libraries within the same system are encouraged to apply individually.

Evaluation

  • The evaluation deadline is December 15, 2015
  • Submit the Final Report

Sample Survey

Grant Awards – Allowable Use of Funds

  • Advertising
  • Expenses to bring an author, poet, educator, trainer, or presenter
  • Educational material
  • Supplies, printing, postage
  • FOOD OR REFRESHMENTS ARE NOT ALLOWABLE EXPENSES

Application Criteria & Commitment

The desired results (outcomes) for an Indigenous Month Mini Grant Project include:

  • Honor the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of indigenous people through the use of culturally authentic storytelling, writing, singing and dancing.
  • Nurture literacy development in culturally competent ways that connect families to their American Indian heritage.
  • Recognize and respect culture, traditions, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
  • Establish collaborative efforts with schools, libraries, or community organizations to provide culturally appropriate services.

A successful mini grant application will clearly:

  • Outline the event or activities planned AND highlight how the event or activities will achieve one or more of the desired results noted above.
  • Identify at least one strategic community partnership AND highlight how the partnership will help achieve the desired results.
  • Estimate of how much in local funds will be used for this project (also known as “local match”).

The Indigenous Month Mini Grant recipient will:

  • Plan and conduct at least one event or activity during the month of November.
  • Explicitly publicize that the program, event or activity supports the Indigenous Month goals noted above.
  • Use the grant funds only in the allowable costs categories noted in the budget section.
  • Collect statistics on how many people participated in the activities or events.
  • Conduct a brief survey of the people who participated in the program, event or activity and ask at least the following questions (see sample of survey form – pdf):
    • As a result of attending this activity or event, I know more about the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of indigenous people;
    • As a result of attending this activity or event, I know more about Utah’s American Indian heritage;
    • Comments.
  • Fill out a grant evaluation by December 15, 2015.
  • Provide to the Division of Indian Affairs information about the program, event or activities by November 1, 2015 for inclusion in the master calendar of events.
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the Indigenous Month Mini Grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division.

Tell Us About Your Program

  • Fill out this form by November 1st  and tell us the date, time, location, and details of your program, event, or activities.
  • See a PDF Sample of this form.
  • If you have multiple events on different dates or times, please fill out one form for each event.

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jtlee@utah.gov