Rural and Remote Opportunities Grant

In this context, "Rural and Remote" means geographical locations which have insufficient resources - human and/or facilities - to meet the CE needs of the health library community.

The amount of a Rural and Remote Opportunities Grant shall be a maximum of $300.  The Board of Directors will determine the amount of money to be allocated to the Rural and Remote Opportunities Grant for the coming year at each Fall Board Meeting.

The Board of Directors shall form a committee consisting of the Continuing Education (CE) Co-ordinator, Past-President and Treasurer. The committee will review all applications and make grants at its discretion on behalf of the Board.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be in good standing with CHLA/ABSC.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate that they are in a geographically remote or rural location which has insufficient resources to meet their CE needs.
  3. Members of the CHLA/ABSC Board are not eligible for the grant.
?Note: the grant may be awarded for direct costs of continuing education opportunities scheduled in conjunction with CHLA/ABSC or MLA conferences, but not for registration and other costs associated with attending those conferences.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Whether the activity is an accredited CHLA/ABSC or MLA continuing education activity.
  2. Availability of relevant professional development activities in the applicant's geographic region.
  3. Relevance of the professional development activity to the improvement of health and health care by promoting excellence in access to information.

Procedure for Application

Applications must be submitted using online application form.

 Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the Board meetings normally held in February, October, and May/June. To ensure timely review of applications, it is recommended that they be submitted no later than the first day of the month(s) in which the Board meetings are held. 

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within one month of receipt of the application by the CE Coordinator. All enquiries and correspondence concerning the grant should be directed to the CHLA/ABSC CE Coordinator and copied to the Past-President.

Eligibility for this Fund does not preclude eligibility for other CHLA/ABSC funds in support of continuing education.


Other Requirements

Within four weeks of the completion of the activity, recipients of the grant must submit to the CE Co-ordinator a brief report on the activity and its benefit.

If the recipient of a grant is unable to attend the funded professional development activity, or the activity is cancelled, the amount of the grant must be returned to the Association.