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UPLIFT (Utah Public Library Institute for Training) Professional Excellence Grant

Grants to Utah Library Employees for
Professional Development Opportunities

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Utah State Library (USL)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Utah public library employees or board members to take advantage of professional development opportunities. The purpose of this program is to enhance the skills, abilities, and knowledge of individual library employees so they may better serve their patrons.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179628

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines:
-January 15
-May 15
-September 15

Applications are due by 5:00 PM 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 January 30, May 30, or September 30) and sends out a contract for signatures.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

The Utah State Library will reimburse grant recipients enrolled in credit classes after USL receives a copy of an unofficial transcript and evaluation.

For more information about UPLIFT training:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Jessica Whetman, Training Coordinator
P: (801) 715-6762 / (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)

Utah State Library
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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USA: Utah