Pre-Application Webinar for Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities

1 hour

Join us for this free webinar to learn about the application process for Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an ALA initiative that will award up to 600 grants to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities..

Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is open to libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories that serve small or rural communities. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines libraries serving small and rural communities as those located in an area that's more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area and with a population of 25,000 or less.

Selected libraries will conduct community input-gathering sessions to identify existing accessibility resources, needs, and priorities. Libraries will be required to identify the primary audience they are hoping to reach and facilitate a community conversation with the impacted populations in order to guide improvement of the library’s services. Grant funds may be used to create services or improve library facilities based on the needs identified by the primary audience.

Learning Outcomes

In this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Get an intensive look at the application
  • Learn about the guidelines, requirements and eligibility for the grant
  • Learn how to write a competitive narrative
  • Learn how to submit your application via our grants management platform
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of ALA Public Programs Office staff


This webinar will be presented online via Zoom. Closed captions will be enabled during the presentation, and we will email a copy of the chat transcript to all attendees within 48 hours of the webinar. We will also share a copy of the presenter's slideshow at least 24 hours in advance. If you need other reasonable accommodations, please reach out to us via email at or by calling 312-280-5045 by Friday, November 4. Requests made after that date may not be able to be accommodated. 



Samantha Oakley, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office