Is my organization eligible for funding?
Only SELCO member libraries (public libraries) are able to host SELCO Vetted Programs. To see a list of all SELCO member libraries click here.
When is the deadline for SELCO Vetted Program applications?
Applications for FY2023 will be accepted from October 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023.
When should I submit my application?
You need to give SELCO staff adequate time to process and review your application. A minimum of one month lead time is suggested.
What information is required on the application?
All fields on the application are required. The application requires details including the location, date and time of the event, the program coordinator, and your choice of vetted program.
What happens after I turn in my application?
Once your form is received, an email confirmation will be sent to the address used to fill out the application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact SELCO's Legacy Program Librarian, as your application may not have been received. Your application will be reviewed and approved within 2 weeks of submission.
Will SELCO book my performer for me?
No, all booking and performance details need to be arranged directly between the applicant and the Vetted Performer. Before submitting an application to host a SELCO Vetted Program, you must speak with your chosen Vetted Performer to select a tentative date and time. This ensures that you will have an appropriate date confirmed prior to applying for funding and also gives your chosen Vetted Performer the opportunity to inform you of any specific requirements or needs (performance space, electrical outlets, audience capacity, etc.). All program bookings are tentative until official approval from SELCO is received by the applicant.
What happens after my application is approved?
You will receive an email from SELCO notifying you that your application has been approved. You will also receive a checklist to help keep you on track with preparation for and hosting of your SELCO Vetted Program. In addition, marketing materials will be provided.
What do I do if my application is denied?
Denial to host a SELCO Vetted Program is rare. If your application is denied, you will be notified first via email. This notification will include detailed comments from SELCO staff as to why the application was denied and suggestions for how best to reapply.
What if I want additional activities, services or items not included in the Vetted Program? Can I apply for additional funding?
SELCO sponsorship of Vetted Programs is limited to the performance fee for your chosen performers. Possible expenses that are not covered by this program include hall rental, refreshments, advertising costs, etc. If expenses are incurred by the applicant outside of the scope of the SELCO Vetted Program agreement, SELCO is under no obligation to cover such costs. If additional costs are necessary for your event, you may apply for a larger grant amount via the Community Collaboration grant program or find an organization to partner with to help defer costs.
May I apply for more than one SELCO Vetted Program?
Yes! Libraries may apply for as many Vetted Programs as their funding allotment allows before the application deadline. If there is a significant portion of funds remaining towards the end of the fiscal year, SELCO may allow additional bookings.
How do SELCO Vetted Performers get paid?
All billing for SELCO Vetted Programs is covered through the SELCO office. The host library is not responsible for paying Vetted Performers directly; all billing must be submitted to SELCO by the performer for prompt payment. If your library has chosen to add additional services to your event which are not covered by the Vetted Program, you will need to arrange separate billing for those items.
What if I want someone who is not on the SELCO Vetted Program list? Will your list of Vetted Performers grow or change?
SELCO reserves the right to modify the list of SELCO Vetted Programs at any time. New performers are added to the list at SELCO’s discretion and only after a thorough committee review. This ensures that the SELCO Vetted Programs are of very high artistic caliber, and their programs are in-line with SELCO's values. If you would like to hire a performer who is not on the list, you must apply for funding through SELCO’s Community Collaboration grant program or contact SELCO's Legacy Program Librarian about having the performer apply to become a Vetted Performer.