ARSL/Small Library Forum Planning Grant


The ARSL/Small Library Forum Planning Grant program is an opportunity for Massachusetts public librarians in communities under 25,000 to receive funding to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference. The next ARSL Conference will be held in Wichita, Kansas, September 30-October 3, 2020.

This grant will provide funding to support the recipient for a one year membership to ARSL, conference registration, and other approved associated costs. In order to be eligible to apply, an individual must work in a Massachusetts public library in a community under 25,000 and that library must be a Massachusetts Library System (MLS) member. The recipient must also commit to serving as part of the 2021 Massachusetts Small Library Forum Planning Committee.

All costs will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts to MLS. Eligible costs include one year of ARSL membership, conference fee, transportation, hotel, and a per diem for food.


Applicants must agree to:

  • Attend the ARSL Conference this fall in Wichita, KS
  • Participate in the 2021 Massachusetts Small Library Forum planning group


Applications are due April 17, 2020. Librarians will be notified by mid-May 2020.


Application Help

Contact Lyndsay Forbes or Kristi Chadwick with questions about the grant or application.