Grant Forms

Competitive grants include: (All Members)

Special Programming

Northwest Kansas Library System has set aside $500.00 to provide member libraries with Storyteller/Special Programming Grants.

Grant funds will be awarded competitively based on need until funds are expended.

Please complete and return the application below before the date of your program.  *Applications will not be accepted after November 1 of each year.

NWKLS will notify applicants of the status of their application within two weeks of submission.

Payment will be made after the grant application is approved.  Checks will be written to the library.

*Member Libraries receiving grant funds from NWKLS are asked to credit the system for the funds received, and provide a report on the program with pictures to be published in the NWKLS Vertical Files.

Collection Development/Technology Grant

Northwest Kansas Library System has set aside $6500.00 to provide member libraries with Collection Development/Technology Grants.

Grant funds will be awarded competitively based on need until funds are expended.

Please complete and return the application below before the date of your program.  *Applications will not be accepted after November 1 of each year.

NWKLS will notify applicants of the status of their application within two weeks of submission.

Payment will be made after the grant application is approved.  Checks will be written to the library.

*Member Libraries receiving grant funds from NWKLS are asked to credit the system for the funds received, and provide a report on the program with pictures to be published in the NWKLS Vertical Files.

Competitive grants include: (Member School Libraries)

William Allen White

NorthWest Kansas Library System is proud to offer a competitive grant to help fund two school libraries wishing to attend the William Allen White Award Ceremony in Emporia, Kansas.  Each grant will be worth $600, and must be used for travel costs and other costs associated with attending the William Allen White Award Ceremony.

Grant applications must be submitted by May 14th, of each year.  Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by the end of May. Grant Funds will be dispersed on the second Wednesday of June.

Schools that are awarded grants, will submit, as a report, a compilation of student writings about their experiences at the William Allen White Award Celebration and about the trip in general.  These writings will be used in the NWKLS Vertical Files and Online, and must be submitted 30 days after the Award Ceremony.

Non-competitive grants: (All Members)

Courier Grant

Please complete the form below by February 6th, in order to be eligible to receive the NWKLS Kansas Library Express Courier Grant.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Grant Guidelines

  1. Only NWKLS Member Library personnel are eligible for Grants.
  2. Grants will be awarded for workshops, conferences, meetings, and other events related to the applicant’s job or professional development.
  3. Grants will be awarded as they are received until funds are expended.
  4. When possible, applications should be submitted to the NWKLS Office 30 days in advance of the event.
  5. First priority will be given to those who have not received a grant during the preceding twelve months. Grant awards will not exceed $250 per applicant per year.
  6. Eligible grant expenses may include travel costs and registration fees, when not paid by your institution.
  7. Grant decisions will be made according to the grant guidelines. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of submission. Checks will be mailed to approved applicants the day after the next regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting.
  8. Grant recipients may be requested to share information about the program or conference attended, either through the NWKLS Vertical Files or as a presentation at a System meeting or workshop.
  9. In the event the applicant is unable to attend the funded activity, grant funds must be reimbursed to the System.

System Services Grant or Extended Services Grant: (Member Public Libraries)

System Services

Member public libraries that meet the basic requirements below will receive an Extended Services Grant or System Services Grant. The purpose of the System Service Grant is to assist libraries in serving individuals residing outside of the traditional taxing area.

NWKLS determines grant amounts by classifying libraries based on population as outlined in the 2012 Standards for Kansas Public Libraries.  NWKLS reexamines Member library classification every five years; however, a library may request reexamination at any time.

In order to receive the maximum amount available, a member public library must meet all of the following conditions during the calendar year:

  • The library must be a legally established public library located in one of the taxing counties of Northwest Kansas Library System as defined in KSA 12-1218. (Required–Must meet this criteria to receive a grant)
  • One representative from the library must attend the Full System Board meeting. (2nd Wednesday in August)
  • The director of the library shall require that library staff attend a minimum of three (3) hours of library training. This can be through a System workshop or other venue.
  • A quorum of each public library board must participate in one continuing education event.
  • The library must qualify to receive State Aid to Libraries.
  • The library must have patron internet access and a working e-mail address.

A library not meeting the requirements will have their grant reduced by 10% per applicable condition.

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