New TSLAC Grant: the ARSL Scholarship!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to enable staff of small community libraries to attend training. The Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference will take place in Burlington, Vermont from Sept. 4 -7, 2019.

TSLAC’s ARSL Scholarship will fund 10 time-sensitive scholarships of up to $2,500 to paid library staff at accredited public libraries serving populations of under 25,000 to attend the conference. The scholarship will fund registration, travel and lodging. This scholarship is limited to first-time attendees of the ARSL conference.

Expectations: If chosen to participate, the applicant will be expected to attend the 2019 ARSL conference in Burlington, Vermont. The representative should be a paid staff member at an accredited public library serving populations of under 25,000. The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found in full here:

ARSL Scholarship Notice of Funding Opportunity

Information about the conference, including 2019 registration rates, is now available on the ARSL website

Interested libraries are strongly encouraged to review the recent webinar and related handouts introducing the program guidelines and discussing agency expectations and requirements as well as strategies on how to meet those expectations.

Funding: This one-time, federally-funded award of up to $2,500 covers expenses directly related to the conference and associated travel to and from the conference. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for making travel arrangements themselves; no travel assistance will be provided by Texas State Library staff during the reservation process.

Application Process: TSLAC will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, Jan. 29 2019. The application submission process will close on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into TSLAC’s Grants Management System.

Questions about applying? Check out our FAQ document for the ARSL Scholarship!

Timeline: Successful applicants will be notified in early March 2019. All funds pertaining to the project must be spent by Sept. 13, 2019.

Contact Information: If you need assistance with the application process or have further questions, please contact Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant, at or Erica McCormick, Grants Administrator at or at 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Page last modified: February 15, 2019