SLS Mini-Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the purpose of the Monroe One BOCES Mini-Grant program?

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    To assist member certified school librarians in completing innovative, engaging and relevant educational projects and initiatives to increase student academic achievement.

     

    Instructional Projects
    Examples: Training on electronic/print library resources to students, staff and community members; support for school librarian and teacher collaboration on instructional unit design, etc. Funding for collaborative planning after school or to hire a substitute during the school day (reimbursement per the district contract rate. Contract documentation must be submitted with grant application).

     

    Extracurricular Programs
    Examples: An innovative collaborative event within your school building (family night, reading, coding or maker clubs, after‐school literacy‐based gaming program); training sessions and events that will open the library media center to students, staff and community members before or after school hours. NOTE: the grant funds may not be used to pay for food for these events.

     

    Professional Development Programs
    Examples: Staff development opportunities with BOCES, regional, state, or national conferences. Meals will only be reimbursed if included in registration fee. No alcohol will be reimbursed. Conference reimbursement could include registration, hotel, substitute teacher. Organizational memberships are not reimbursable. Conference attendance must occur by March 22, 2019.

     

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  • What expenses will not be covered by a mini-grant?

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    Mini-grants will not cover: equipment (such as eReaders, laptops, iPads), food for extracurricular programs, services that fall under a BOCES CoSer (video conferencing, author visits), postage, gifts, travel, organizational membership fees, etc.

     

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  • Who is eligible for a mini-grant?

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    Certified School Library Media Specialists employed in a member library of the Monroe One BOCES School Library System.

     

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  • How many mini-grants may an applicant receive?

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    Applicants may receive one mini-grant for up to $1,200.

     

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  • What if I do not need the entire $1,200?

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    School Librarians may apply for any amount up to, but not exceeding, $1,200.

     

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  • When is the application deadline?

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    Close of business (4:00 p.m.) Monday, October 1, 2018.

     

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  • How do I apply?

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    After reviewing these FAQs the School Librarian will complete:

     

    1. Mini-Grant Application
    2. Project Proposal/Narrative

     

    The grant application should be personally delivered, mailed, scanned and e-mailed, or faxed to the SLS Office at 585-383-6636.  If faxing, please include the total number of pages on the cover sheet.

     

    Note: If your grant is approved, you will receive a packet of additional information that must be shared with your District Superintendent and your District Business Official. 

     

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  • What should I include in the Mini-Grant project Proposal/Narrative?

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    A grant description explaining the scope and purpose of the grant and how the grant project/activities are tied to district initiatives, academic achievement, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner or Common Core Standards.  Applicants are responsible for submitting an accurate and complete application with proper signatures.  Only complete applications will be accepted.

     

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  • Is grant writing assistance available?

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    Yes. Applicants may contact Katie Bertrand at Katie_Bertrand@boces.monroe.edu.

     

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  • How are the mini-grants awarded?

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    A committee will review applications and determine grant recipients.  Each application will be assessed based on alignment to regional and district initiatives, academic achievement and AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner or Common Core Standards, and evidence of innovation.  Applications must include a plan for sharing grant-related information and results with the Monroe One Region.

     

    The committee will be comprised of Monroe One BOCES SLS Council and Liaison members.  (The SLS Director will assess applications in the event of a tie based on criteria being used by the grant sub-committee).

     

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  • What is expected of School Librarians receiving mini-grant funds?

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    Successful applicants must carry out their proposal as described, submit all required forms by the dates listed below, provide a final written report for publication on the Monroe One BOCES website upon completion of the project/event/professional development, and be willing to share the results of their mini-grant with other members of the Monroe One BOCES School Library System. 

    Recipients will not be eligible for a mini-grant unless all requirements listed above are complete for previous mini-grants.

     

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  • What are the important dates to remember?

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    October 1, 2018:  Application deadline

    October 12, 2018:  Mini-grants awarded

    October 19, 2018:  Superintendent’s Signature on form received after receiving grant

    January 25, 2019: Mid-project check-in**

    March 22, 2019:  Projects must be completed

    March 29, 2019:  All itemized receipts & report must be submitted to SLS Office

    June 14, 2019: Final grant report must be submitted to SLS Office

    **New requirement

     

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Mini-Grant Application