Public Library Grant for Skill development in rural Alberta

Public library boards serving populations of 20,000 or smaller applied for one-time funding.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has allocated $200,000 to be distributed through the Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) as a grant program.

The purpose of this one-time grant program is to support public library boards in rural areas to strengthen their services and programs to support communities in becoming resilient and sustainable.

The grant is intended to support initiatives in rural public libraries that promote:

  • digital literacy, including basic computer skills, cyber security and fraud detection, and evaluating online information effectively
  • employment and job skills development, including resume writing, job interviewing, and career exploration
  • support for new Canadians, such as citizenship supports, English language learning, employment supports and welcoming communities


  • This is a one-time grant program with a total budget of $200,000.
  • Grants have been awarded in amounts of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. The total number of recipients was dependent on the number of applicants and the amounts applied for. 
  • This is one-time project funding that is separate from PLSB’s annual operating grant funds and is awarded using a process separate from the operating grant application process.

Grant recipients

The following library boards were selected from the 31 applications received:

Library BoardName of InitiativeBrief Description
City of Camrose Library BoardWelcome to CamroseA weekly drop-in program that acts as an orientation to the community as well as English as Second Language classes.
City of Cold Lake Library BoardA Friendly Station for Newcomers at Cold Lake Public LibraryThe initiative is to install an exclusive station where newcomers to Cold Lake can access useful resources.
Town of Drayton Valley Library BoardDrayton Valley Newcomer SupportPartner with community organizations to be an essential newcomer hub in the community.
Town of Fort Macleod Library BoardAmp it Up! Digital Skills & Crush It - How to Get Hired SeriesTwo-part series program. The first series teaches basic device skills and digital skills, and the second series is job skills related.
Frog Lake First Nation Library BoardPreserving Our Elders WisdomA dedicated cultural hub for Indigenous knowledge and heritage to enhance the archival and library services at Frog Lake Public Library and Archives.
Town of Hanna Library BoardLibrary of Things ExpansionExpanding a collection of items for the citizens of the community to use.
Town of High Level Library BoardWelcoming New CanadiansPrograms for new Canadians to improve language skills and cultural programming.
Kainai Library BoardHistorical Land and Ranch Operations on the Blood TribeConnecting Elders and Tribal members to the digital world through video storytelling and written word. This project will expand the library as a cultural hub in the community.
Lac Ste Anne County Library BoardAdulting 101: Learning for a Positive FutureProgram for area youth that is geared towards teaching employment, digital literacy and mental health skills to prepare them for new responsibilities as they age.
City of Lloydminster Library BoardBuilding Capacity One Website at a TimeThis program provides community members with free classes to increase their understanding of website design and editing.
Town of Peace River Library BoardNewcomer NexusThis initiative increases capacity to serve new Canadians in the community with bilingual titles and community gatherings.
Town of Provost Library BoardTraining Week - Technology and Employment SkillsWeekly training programs aimed at digital literacy.
Town of Rimbey Library BoardSkills Development SeriesWorkshops for community focusing on digital skills.
Summer Village of Seba Beach Library BoardWhat Grows HereGardening workshops that tie in online literacy and digital skill development.
Town of Smoky Lake Library BoardEmployment and Citizenship SupportAfter hours digital literacy instruction.
Town of St. Paul Library BoardDigital Literacy Instructional CoursesDigital literacy program series.
Stettler Library Board Come for a Byte - Digital Literacy ProjectJoint programming between library and adult learning centre to improve digital literacy programming.
Town of Stony Plain Library BoardGet Connected: Digital Literacy Courses for Newcomers and SeniorsThe library will partner with Tri-Community Adult Learning Association to offer workshops on a variety of topics related to digital literacy.
Town of Thorsby Library BoardEnglish Language Support for NewcomersConversational English classes and support materials for new Canadians.
Yellowhead County Library Board General Adult Education Credential CoachingCoaching to help community members further their education and advance in their careers with the forthcoming Canadian Adult Education Credential.


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