Continuing Education Grants

The Saskatchewan Library Association strives to provide and support relevant educational opportunities for its members. Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Grant to an individual for attendance to any continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
  2. Grant to an individual or institution for organization and promotion of a continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.).
  3. Grant for first time attendance at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference.

Grants will not be awarded if suitable candidates do not apply. Preference will be given to those who have not had a grant before.

Category 1 and 2 Grant Applications will be accepted until February 15 and August 15 annually.  Category 3 Grant Applications will be accepted until February 15 annually (unless otherwise posted).

Guidelines for Category 1, 2, and 3 Grants:  Continuing Education Grant Guidelines

SLA Approved Expense Rates: Receipts to be submitted with Expense Claim

Hotel per night  $175
Breakfast (per day) $12
Lunch (per day)  $14
Supper (per day) $22
Mileage (per km) $0.42

All applications are to be sent to the SLA Executive Director slaexdir@sasktel.net

Anniversary Conference Grant – one year only

This special grant was approved for the 75th anniversary of SLA and is a pilot.  Please find details below.

The Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) is pleased to offer a new $1,500 Anniversary Conference Grant.

The grant will help fund an eligible individual SLA member to attend a Canadian conference held by May 2018, and share their experience with the broader library community. The grant will cover all eligible expenses to a maximum of $1,500.

Applications must be received by August 15, 2017 (extended to August 31, 2017)  for a conference that will occur prior to May 2018. The successful applicant will be required to submit a one- to two-page follow-up report by June 30, 2018.

Anniversary Conference Grant 2017

Category 1: Grant to an individual for attendance to any continuing education opportunity

This grant is intended for individuals seeking assistance with attendance at a continuing education opportunity (conference, workshop, etc.) of their choosing.

Application deadline: February 15th or August 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $500. Eligible expenses include registration fees, travel, accommodation, meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates), equipment, and books/supplies.

Eligibility: Must be an individual member of the Saskatchewan Library Association prior to applying.

Criteria:

Application to contain the following:  Continuing Education Grant Application (downloadable docx file)

  • description of activity, conference or event
  • logistics (dates, location)
  • proposed budget
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the applicant’s professional development, within two months of event attendance

Category 2: Grant to an individual or institution for organization and promotion of a continuing education opportunity

This grant is intended for any individual or institutional member seeking assistance with the planning and promotion of a continuing education opportunity to be held in Saskatchewan and open to all SLA members.

Application deadline: February 15th or August 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $1000. Eligible expenses include guest speaker expenses, room rental, food, advertising, equipment, and books/supplies.

Eligibility: Must be an individual member of SLA or covered by an institutional membership of SLA prior to applying. In cases where any resources of an institution/employer are implicated in the application, a letter of support from the official voting delegate or another appropriate representative of that institution should accompany the application.

Criteria:

Application to contain the following:  Continuing Education Grant Application (downloadable docx file)

  • description of activity, conference or event
  • logistics (dates, location)
  • proposed budget
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.
  • support letter(s) if applicable as outlined above

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the library community, within two months of event attendance.

Category 3: Grant for first time attendance at the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference

This grant is intended for any person who has not previously attended the Saskatchewan Libraries Conference, is currently working in a Saskatchewan library, and is seeking assistance with attendance at the Conference.

Application deadline: February 15th

Amount: All eligible expenses up to $750. Eligible expenses include registration fees, travel, accommodation, meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates).

Eligibility: Must be an individual member of SLA or covered by an institutional membership of SLA prior to applying. In cases where any resources of an institution/employer are implicated in the application, a letter of support from the official voting delegate or another appropriate representative of that institution should accompany the application.

Criteria:

Application to contain the following:  Continuing Education Grant Application(downloadable docx file)

  • description of current employment activities
  • one letter of reference supporting the value of event in relation to current activity
  • one paragraph rationale statement stating the intended impact of the event  for you  and may include: relevance to current work, limited access to professional development due to geography, limited access to financial supports. Preference given to those who have not previously received a continuing education grant.
  • a budget to include: registration, travel, accommodations, and meals (as per SLA’s official expense rates)
  • support letter(s) if applicable as outlined above

Disbursement of funds: Submit final report and receipts to SLA to be reimbursed.

Reporting: Provide a 1-2 page report describing the event and the impact it had on the applicant’s professional development, within two months of event attendance.

 

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