GBCLA Professional Development Grant FAQs


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GBCLA GRANTS?

Members of GBCLA are invited to submit proposals for funding for a professional development opportunity. Grants are awarded only for specific costs such as conference registration fees, travel, food, lodging, etc. Grants may not be used to reimburse members for their own time spent working on a project.

HOW MUCH? HOW MANY?

Grants for requests up to $750.00 will be available each year, through grant rounds in the fall and in the spring. Funds will not roll over to the following year if they are not used.  Total amount each year is $3000 ($1500 for each grant round).

HOW DO I APPLY?

All grant proposals must be submitted in writing to each member of the grant committee by the due dates listed below. Members of the committee will review the proposals and award the grants at the November and May meetings. GBCLA members may apply for grants as often as they wish, but priority will be given to members who have not received grants recently. Grant committee members applying for grants must recuse themselves from deliberations for that particular grants round.

WHAT MUST THE PROPOSAL INCLUDE?

  • Date of submission
  • Name
  • School
  • Title of proposal
  • Full description of the proposal (including published information if relevant)
  • Date of proposal (if appropriate)
  • Itemized list of costs
  • Does your school have a faculty development budget and are you eligible?
  • Does your library budget provide for conferences and enrichment?

WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS IF I RECEIVE A GRANT?

It is expected that members that have been awarded grants will present a half hour program to all members at a CLA meeting during the following year. Included at this presentation will be one or more of the following: printed information for members/demonstration/visual presentation/materials or resources for the GBCLA web site.

In the event that a grant that has been awarded cannot be used, it is up to the members to notify the chairs of the committee before the end of the school year so that another proposal might be awarded. Please also be aware that if you apply for a grant that takes place within the year and you have prepaid costs, you may or may not receive funding.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL?

Proposals will be reviewed by the grant committee with several criteria in mind:

  • How does this proposal benefit all members of CLA?
  • How does the proposal benefit the CLA grant applicant?
  • Does the applicant’s school provide funding for professional development?

HOW AND WHEN DO I SEND MY PROPOSAL?

Proposals must be sent via email and are due by 9:00 AM on December 4, 2016 for the FALL grants round and by May 5, 2017 for the SPRING grants round to the Chair of the Grants Committee:

Martha Kennedy
Concord Academy




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