Grants & Awards

As a CLRC member, you’re eligible for a variety of grants and awards. See the below for details and to apply.

New Initiatives Grant

CLRC is excited to announce our New Initiatives Grant, brand-new for 2018! Inspired by RRLC’s BreakThru Grant, the New Initiatives Grant seeks to help address a problem, challenge, or need in your library. Have a project you want to pilot? Thinking of a program or service you’d like to offer, but need a little help to make the dream a reality? Apply today.

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RBDB Grants

RBDB is a State funded program that improves access to library and information resources for library users through the regional development and coordination of automated library services.

CLRC uses a portion of its RBDB funds for small grants to member libraries in three areas: Digitization, Metadata, and Retrospective Conversion.

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Newspaper Digitization Assistance Program

CLRC member libraries may apply for assistance with digitizing microfilmed historical newspapers and adding them to New York State Historical Newspapers (http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis or until funds are expended. The maximum award is $1000 per institution.

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Professional Development Awards

CLRC offers awards to members for continuing education and professional development opportunities. For use by library staff and library students to attend workshops, conferences, and more, these awards are issued on a quarterly basis.

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CLRC Library Awards

Each year we open up our Library Awards in two broad categories — Library of the Year and Library Staff All-Star — to our member institutions and staff in Herkimer, Oneida, Onondaga and Madison County. Within those categories, one institution each from the following groups is eligible to win: Academic, Public, School, and Special (including archives and museums), for a total of eight possible award winners.

The 2017 Library of the Year and Library Staff All-Star winners have been announced! Next year’s nominations will open in Spring 2018.

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How Can We Help?

Questions about awards? Ideas for new projects? Need help with applications? Email us for help!