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Grant Guidelines

NEWIL Grant Guidelines
NEWIL Education Grants are one part of its response to fulfilling its goal of fostering the professional growth of its members. The purpose of the grant program is to assist staff of member library institutions in attending workshops, programs, conferences and other educational activities by reimbursing some of the costs incurred.
  1. Any employee of a NEWIL member library and member of the NEWIL Board may apply for a grant.
  2. Grants can be used to meet the expenses associated with meetings, workshops, conferences, or other activities which promote professional growth. Tuition grants for college credit are limited to $150 per year per person per calendar year.
  3. Grants will be awarded quarterly on a first come, first served basis until funds are expended by a majority of the NEWIL Grant Committee. Most “meetings” of the committee awarding the grants will be done through email.
  4. Grants will ordinarily be awarded on a 50/50 matching basis, i.e., recipients are expected to obtain at least half the cost of activities attended through local institutional or personal support. Costs for a substitute teacher will be considered institutional support.
  5. Grants will be awarded for no more than $250.00. No individual may receive a grant in two consecutive years. Preference will be given to those who have not received an award during a previous calendar year.
  6. Applicants must submit the official application form describing the activity and expected expenses to the NEWIL business office at least 30 days before the program registration deadline. A timely reply to the application cannot be guaranteed if the application is made less than 30 days before the registration deadline.
  7. Recipients of grants will submit an expense form to the NEWIL business office after attending the activity. Payment will be authorized by the NEWIL Multitype Coordinator and issued by the Treasurer within 30 days after the evaluation form is received. Prepayment of grant funds is not ordinarily possible. Tuition will be reimbursed with proof of course completion.
  8. Recipients of grants will be asked to share the knowledge or skills learned with other NEWIL members by either speaking at a NEWIL board meeting, conducting a short webinar or writing a minimum one-page report before receiving reimbursement.
  9. An annual report on the disposition of Educational Grant funds shall be presented to the NEWIL Board at the first meeting of the next business year. The report will be prepared by the NEWIL Multitype Coordinator, and will include a list of recipients, the activities they attended, and the amount of assistance they received from NEWIL.