The Southwest Regional Library System offers seven grant programs. Please see the pull down menu [on this tab] for more information on each program.

An Adovcacy Grant is available to public libraries in taxing counties and public libraries which contract for CE and one other service. Librarians must participate in advocacy training to receive this grant which may be used to defray the costs associated with legislative coffees and advocacy-related open houses and community cafes.

The Major Continuing Education (CE) is a competitive grant offered to all public libraries in taxing counties and public libraries which contract for Continuing Education/Training and at least one other service. Three grant windows are open each year and eligible libraries may apply for a maximum of $700. The SWKLS CE Grant Committee reviews and places the grant awards.

The CE Express is a minor grant available to reimburse public libraries twice per year for 50% of mileage to regional meetings or workshops. The CE Express grant is available on a first come, first served basis.

The Library Development Grant is available to public libraries located in counties in which SWKLS levies a tax.  SWKLS Public Library Accreditation is a grant requirement.

The Major Tech Grant is a matching grant offered to all public libraries in taxing counties and public libraries which contract for Consulting and at least one other service. Two grant windows are open each year and eligible libraries may apply for one major grant per year. The maximum grant is $1,000 awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The Tech Express is a minor grant available to public libraries in taxing counties and public libraries contracting for Consulting and at least one other service.  The purpose of the tech express grant is to assist libraries in immediate need of minor technologies. A maximum grant of $200 twice a year may be awarded by the SWKLS Tech Grant Committee.

 2019 Grant Plan

Starting in 2019, all SWKLS members need to be accredited to receive system grants.

Accreditation process

The accreditation requirements vary depending on several factors, including the size of the library. There are seven different services levels (classifications):


Gateway                                       Fewer than 500 people

Linking                                           500 – 1,000 people

Service Center I                          1,000 – 2,500 people

Service Center II                        2,500 – 10,000 people

Major Service Center I             10,000 – 25,000 people

Major Service Center II              25,000 – 100,0000 people

Major Resource Center              More than 100,000 people

The specifics on the accreditation process are on the system’s website: https://swkls.org/about/services/accreditation-program/


Additionally, SWKLS staff is available to assist libraries with the accreditation process.


Extended service grants

All accredited libraries who are taxing members of the system will be eligible for extended service grants. The amount distributed varies, is paid monthly, and is determined by library classification.

*NEW*  Accreditation grants

Starting in 2019, all accredited libraries are eligible for a $650 accreditation grant. The grants will be made in one yearly payment to each qualifying library.


Discretionary/Continuing education grants

All accredited libraries are eligible to apply for a Major Continuing education grant up to $750.00 per year.


Individuals who participate in statewide committees, library organization, or library committees are eligible to apply for travel reimbursement up to $250.00 per year.

Participation in the new library director training (A.P.P.L.E.) will be fully covered. Non-accredited libraries are eligible to receive an A.P.P.L.E. participation grant.

Additional funds may be distributed on an as needed emergency basis for members. An example situation is; all libraries need to purchase a software upgrade, and the expense was unplanned.

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Grant changes from 2018

–          Funds are no longer distributed through Technology grants.

–          Library extended service grants were previously known as library development grants.