Continuing Education Scholarship Grants

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The State Library is pleased to offer grants that provide library staff with opportunities to attend regional or national library conferences or continuing education opportunities which fulfill identified professional development or library community needs. 

The aim of this program is to increase access to funding for continuing education opportunities that will bolster professional growth for library staff and lead to positive impacts on library communities statewide.

Scholarship Awards:

  • In-State $1,000
  • Out-of-State $2,500

Application Deadlines:

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and applicants will be notified within 30 days of the application deadline.

  • September 1 - deadline for events occuring in November, December, January, or February
  • December 1 - deadline for events occuring in February, March, April, or May
  • March 1 - deadline for events occuring in May, June, July, or August
  • July 1 - deadline for events occuring in August, September, October, or November

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Any employee of a state-aid eligible public library, a community college library, a UNC system library, which includes libraries serving AHECS, or North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities members library in North Carolina.
  • County/municipal public library systems: Eligible for up to two (2) CE scholarships per year.
  • Regional public library systems and community colleges serving multiple regions: Eligible for up to four (4) CE scholarships per year.
  • All academic libraries: Eligible for up to two (2) CE scholarships per year. 

*The North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Conferences and The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (NCRL) Conferences are not eligible for these scholarships.

For more information about the Continuing Education Scholarship Program and to access the application, please consult the State Library of NC Continuing Education Scholarship Guide.  Please be sure to read the entire the Scholarship Guide before submitting an application. A sample of the application form can be viewed prior to starting the application. Please note that all applications will be submitted through DocuSign.