The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for round three of grant funding to help address issues of concern in their communities. The goals of these grants are to teach library workers facilitation skills, through the LTC: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries asynchronous six-part e-course and facilitation guide, that will empower them to lead a community conversation and to provide flexible funding to support libraries’ community engagement efforts.
Up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000, online professional development, and resources to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Applicants must have a membership with either the American Library Association OR the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. This opportunity is open to all types of libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines libraries serving small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and a rural community as one that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.
Libraries that previously were awarded LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants are eligible to apply for additional funding to expand their previously awarded projects.