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Continuing Education: Financial Assistance

Providing continuing education and training courses to library staff and trustees throughout South Carolina

Financial Assistance

The South Carolina State Library makes financial assistance to pursue learning opportunities available in two formats: 

  • Tuition Assistance Grants. These are available in limited amounts for each semester. Tuition grant applications are OPEN with limited funds for the Fall 2016 session.
  • Continuing Education Grants. Application is open for CE opportunities including conference attendance. Typical awards are $750 for in-state conferences/classes and $1000 for out-of-state conferences/classes, and $500 for an online course. Additional funding is set aside for the Collaborative Summer Library Program annual meeting and extra responsibilities.

IMPORTANT | Please read before applying for LSTA funding

Grants of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are available for library staff wishing to expand their professional knowledge by attending a professional conference such as SCLA, PLA, or ALA. Reimbursement of related expenses is available for conference attendance that allows librarians to develop, expand, deliver, or promote services and programs that are related to the six federal purposes.*

The six Federal purposes as outlined in LSTA (20 U.S.C. 9141) are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;

  2. Developing library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;

  3. Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;

  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;

  5. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;

  6. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact the Director of Library Development, Kathy Sheppard, (803) 734-8653.

To submit a comment or complaint about the administration of LSTA grants, please contact the SCSL Director, Leesa Aiken, (803) 734-8668.

Applying for LSTA Grants

LSTA grants are available when notice is given in this libguide, under the conditions described.  All LSTA grants use an application process, each program having a specific application form and instructions. Explore the resources below to learn more about how to apply for an LSTA grant, how to design a competitive application, and other information about grant management.