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! 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.

CLRC Library Awards

Each year we open up the CLRC Library Awards to our members in two broad categories — Library of the Year and Library Staff All-Star. Library of the Year will be awarded to one CLRC member library. Library Staff All-Star will be awarded to one staff member of a CLRC member library.

Access & Digitization Grants

CLRC’s Access & Digitization Grant program, previously known as “RBDB Grants,” empowers member libraries and institutions to make resources available to a wider audience.  Grants are available to facilitate projects involving digitization, metadata creation, and retrospective conversion. 

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.

2021 Recovery Grant

The Board of Directors of the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) wants to recognize and support our libraries recovering from losses associated with the previous year. They have authorized $100,000 to offer members up to $5,000 in unrestricted grants to be used for any purpose that helps a library recover from cuts or unforeseen expenditures that began in March 2020. Funds may be used at the direction of the applicant.