The 2023 Community Collaboration application is now closed. The Legacy Review Committee is currently reviewing applications and applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 1, 2023.

Grant monies awarded to approved proposals must be spent by December 31, 2023.

The Community Collaboration Grant is designed to provide libraries with up to $7,000 in funding for a partnership project with non-library entities. Grant funding is awarded through a competitive application process, with the ultimate goal of promoting community-wide partnerships.

  • Applicants must be SELCO members.

  • All grant applications are reviewed by the Legacy Committee, a Committee of the SELCO Board.

  • Funding is awarded based on the quality of the partnerships, the ability to accomplish the proposed grant obligations, the inclusion of clear and measurable outcomes, the benefits to the library and the community, and the overall clarity of the application.

  • ACHF funding cannot be used to replace or reduce (i.e. supplant) a library’s normal funding stream for activities. ACHF monies are to support library projects that are in addition to those supported with state or local funds (i.e. supplement).

  • SELCO will act as the fiscal agent for all Community Collaboration programs, either paying invoices directly or reimbursing libraries for expenditures.

  • Publicity is required for all Legacy-funded programs, more information will be provided upon application approval.

  • Smaller libraries, or those with less staff time to dedicate to project planning, may wish to partner with other libraries on a proposal. Each library involved in the application is eligible to receive up to $7,000 in funding. As a result, the total budget amount for an application involving multiple libraries may exceed $7,000. Please also consider hosting a Vetted Program to fulfill your library's programming needs. These have been specially designed to reduce the amount of time and effort required of library staff for performer selection and program coordination.

  • Please make sure to thoroughly read all instructions, for both the application and the evaluation, prior to submission.