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Overview

The grant application deadline is June 15.

Applications will not be considered complete unless all required documentation has been received.

To help with the grant application process:

How to apply

In order to be considered eligible for funding, public library boards must submit the following documents as part of their grant application, on or before the deadline of June 15.

Submit all forms (except the Survey and Annual Report which is submitted via LibPAS) to Alberta Municipal Affairs, Public Library Services Branch (PLSB).

We will accept emailed or mailed copies. Original signatures are not required.

We are no longer able to accept faxed applications.

If you have any questions regarding your grant application:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-415-0294 (Jen Anderson, Manager, Public Library Grants Program)
Toll free: Dial 310-0000 before the number (in Alberta)

Step 1. Fill out Application for Financial Assistance form

This form must be completed by a library board member or a library staff member authorized by the library board: 2021 Application for Financial Assistance (PDF, 650 KB)

Use the legal name of the library board on the application as stated on Section 3(4) of the Libraries Act.

Step 2. Submit the 2020 Statement of Receipts and Disbursements or financial review

Municipal and intermunicipal library boards may use the provided 2020 Statement of Receipts and Disbursements template (XLSX, 117 KB) for their financial review, or submit the financial review in the format provided by the financial reviewer.

The Statement of Receipts and Disbursements/financial review must be completed by a person or firm considered acceptable by municipal council.

If the financial reviewer is not the same as the previous year, please include a copy of the council resolution authorizing the new person or firm as financial reviewer with your grant application.

2020 Direct payments - Receipts and disbursements

This form is included as the last page of the 2020 Statement of Receipts and Disbursements template. It only needs to be printed off separately if you are submitting a financial review using another template.

If the municipality paid operating costs, such as utilities, insurance, building maintenance, in addition to the local appropriation, have these amounts recorded on the direct payment form.

This form must be completed and signed by a municipal administrator.

Step 3. Submit the 2021 Budget

Municipal and intermunicipal library boards may use the provided 2021 Budget template (XLSX, 115 KB) or submit their own budget document (please remember to include the name of the library board).

The budget is required to evaluate the status of the application and to ensure that the local appropriation (i.e. money from municipal council for operations) is enough for the board to receive the provincial operating grant.

The library board must receive a local appropriation from council of at least $2.00 per resident and be in compliance with the Libraries Act and regulation.

2021 Budget direct payments

This form is included as the last page of the 2021 Budget template. It only needs to be printed off separately if you are submitting a budget using another template.

If the municipality anticipates paying operating costs, such as utilities, insurance and building maintenance, in addition to the local appropriation, have these amounts recorded on the direct payment form.

This form must be completed and signed by a municipal administrator.

Public library survey and annual report

To be eligible for funding, the survey and annual report must be completed and submitted electronically to PLSB by February 28. Because it is submitted online to PLSB through LibPAS, you do not need to send a paper copy with your grant application.

Contact

Connect with the Public Library Services Branch:

Phone: 780-427-4871
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Address:
803, 10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4R7

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