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Continuing Education and Training Grant
to attend
the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference,
October 27-29, 2016 in Fargo, ND

Nebraska public librarians have a terrific opportunity to attend a national professional conference this fall.

These grants will go towards attending this year's ARSL Conference in Fargo, ND.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Membership in ARSL
  • Conference Registration
  • Preconference Registration (tours not included)
  • Meals not covered by registration
  • Mileage/Travel
  • Lodging

How it works:

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on September 6, 2016. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. We will inform applicants whether they have received a grant on or before September 20, 2016.

The applicant must be the person who attends the conference (the grant is not transferable.) The applicant must be employed in an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application, and for the duration of the conference. 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 September 6, 2016, attached to the application or under separate cover, a completed acknowledgement and indication of support form for the applicant’s attendance at the conference 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.

In order to spread this opportunity as widely as possible, we will consider the earliest application from every library represented in the application pool before considering applications from additional individuals from any institution.

After the application is approved:

You must sign and return the grant agreement form by mail, so that the form has an original signature on it. A dated, signed agreement must be on file at the NLC by October 3, 2016 (before the conference starts), or NLC will not reimburse you. To receive funds, you must have an IRS W-9 form on file with the Nebraska Library Commission. (Form available at:

You will register for the conference, pay for it, and attend.

Because registration fees must be confirmed and paid for before the conference, you may submit a separate request for reimbursement for registration and membership expenses incurred over one month before the conference takes place. If you do not attend the conference after being reimbursed for registration, the Nebraska Library Commission will require that the funds be returned.

Within 30 days of the end of the conference, submit a completed Expense Reimbursement Request form. The NLC will reimburse allowable costs, up to $1,000 per grant recipient. The NLC abides by the State of Nebraska travel rules. We can generally authorize reimbursement on a completed request form within a few weeks.

Membership in ARSL:
Member registration is less expensive than non-member registration, so join the organization before you register.

Registration & Lodging:
Registration and lodging information is available online.

Submit all grant application forms electronically to:
Holli Duggan with the subject line, "CE Grant Application - ARSL."

Application for Grant (submit online)

Acknowledgement and indication of support form

Expense Reimbursement Form

Expense Reimbursement Guidelines for Conference Attendance

Example of a completed Expense Reimbursement form

For more information, contact Holli Duggan.