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Continuing Education and Training Grants 2018

The purpose of these grants is to assist Nebraska libraries to improve the library services provided to their communities through continuing education and training for their library personnel and supporters. Successful applications will show how the continuing education and/or training proposed will support the library's mission.

This year we are offering grants in three different areas: attending an out-of-state professional conference, taking an online CE course, and other larger CE projects.

1. Conference Attendance: 

Nebraska public librarians have a terrific opportunity to attend a national out-of-state professional conference.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Conference Registration
  • Preconference Registration (tours/networking events not included)
  • Meals not covered by registration
  • Mileage/Travel
  • Lodging

The applicant must be employed in an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application, and for the duration of the conference/course/project. Please note that if an entity, or a person working for that entity, has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, they will not be eligible to apply for a Continuing Education and Training Grant.

Application: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/ce/applicationconference.asp

2. Online CE Course:

Tuition for an individual to take an online class from:


• Library Juice Academy (http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/)
• ALA/ALA divisions (http://www.ala.org/ala/onlinelearning/)
• Infopeople (https://infopeople.org/training)
• Others, if the courses can be shown to be directly related to a current job in a library, and if the providers are recognized institutional providers of online CE (such as American Management Association)

Courses offered or sponsored by NLA, NSLA, the Nebraska Library Commission, or by a Nebraska Regional Library System are specifically not eligible. Courses that would count toward earning a college degree or professional certificate from a college or university are not eligible.

The applicant must be employed in an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application, and for the duration of the conference/course/project. Please note that if an entity, or a person working for that entity, has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, they will not be eligible to apply for a Continuing Education and Training Grant.

Application: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/ce/applicationconference.asp

3. Continuing Education Projects:

Example Projects from Previous Grant Recipients:

  • Trustee Training & Board Development (Jim Connor)
  • Michael Sullivan: Connecting Boys with Books & Breaking All the Rules
  • InService Day Speaker: Word-of-Mouth Marketing
  • InService Day: Bridges Out of Poverty
  • ALA Chicago Road Trip 2013

Grant Recipients Database: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/database/

Library board members, volunteers, advocates, and other supporter may be included in the training, as appropriate. Each grant requires a match of 25% of the amount requested.

This funding is available for accredited public libraries, accredited public libraries in conjunction with recognized community organizations or agencies, groups of public libraries, regional library systems, consortia of public libraries, and state-run institutions. Libraries cooperating with other community entities must be the prime administrators of their grants.

This grant may not be applied toward the cost of academic education for an individual or individuals.

This grant may not be applied toward the cost of any individual attending Nebraska regional or statewide professional conferences, events sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission for the purpose of training or continuing education, events sponsored by the Nebraska Regional Library Systems for the purpose of training or continuing education, or other similar workshops, conferences, meetings or events.

Application: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/Grants/CE/applicationproject.asp

How the process works:

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 7, 2018. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. We will inform applicants whether they have received a grant on or before January 11, 2019.

The applicant must be employed in an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application, and for the duration of the conference/course/project. Please note that if an entity, or a person working for that entity, has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, they will not be eligible to apply for a Continuing Education and Training Grant.

We must receive, by 11:59 p.m. CST December 7, 2018, attached to the application or under separate cover, a completed acknowledgement and indication of support form from the library director, or if the applicant is a library director, from the head of the library board, or the city official to whom the director reports.

After the application is approved:

After the application is approved, you will receive more detailed information, including the grant agreement with the Nebraska Library Commission that must be signed and details about requesting payment/reimbursement forms. All funds must be requested and paid out by June 1, 2019.

For Conferences and Online CE Courses - You will register for the conference/course, pay for it, then request reimbursement.

For CE Projects - Request for payment forms and all documentation (receipts, purchase orders, and such) will be submitted to Holli Duggan. More information will be sent after the application is approved.

Submit all grant application forms and questions to:
Holli Duggan with the subject line, "CE Grant Application"


CE Project Application (submit online)

Conference/CE Course Application (submit online)

Acknowledgement and indication of support form


For more information, contact Holli Duggan.