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Announcing the HR Source Membership Grant

A Pilot Grant Program from Illinois Heartland Library System

Published : Aug. 23, 2023
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IHLS Public Libraries!

Do you manage an IHLS public library with multiple employees? Are you struggling with the intricacies of employment law? Are you overwhelmed by the challenges of recruiting and retaining staff? Are you caught in the mire of addressing interpersonal conflicts in your team? Well, we have exciting news for you! Illinois Heartland Library System is thrilled to announce the HR Source Membership Grant, a new pilot grant program to help meet our public libraries' HR support needs.

What Is It?

Through the HR Source Membership Grant, we will help members access our go-to service for human resources education, consultation, data, and templates. If you're an IHLS public library that does not currently have an HR Source Membership, this grant could pay for the majority of your membership dues. Typically, this membership would cost libraries between $1,200 and $1,900, but this grant will reduce that to $100–$250!


Disclaimer: This grant opportunity is a pilot program. Participation and interest in this grant will determine its feasibility for the next fiscal year. Contributions may differ for the next fiscal year if the program is continued, as these rates are prorated and only encompass part of the year.

I Need Details!

About HR Source

HR Source is a network for employers that offers the necessary tools to effectively and affordably handle HR duties, ensure legal adherence, and cultivate a satisfied and healthy workforce. Membership includes access to a wealth of resources, such as qualified legal services, current compensation survey data, education, and a hotline that connects you to HR staff experts and employment law attorneys (at no extra cost!). 

Your Cost & Obligations

The grant will cover most of your HR Source membership dues, but your library must pay the remainder. Your contribution amount is determined by the operating expenditures you report on the IPLAR (Illinois Public Library Annual Report). By applying for this grant, you agree to pay IHLS your portion of the dues upon being selected for an award. To determine your cost, see the tiers below:

  • Tier 1
    • Libraries with IPLAR operating expenditures under $130,000 will contribute $100 for an HR Source Membership.
  •  Tier 2
    • Libraries with IPLAR operating expenditures over $130,000 will contribute $250 for an HR Source Membership
Timeline & Selection

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2023

Selection: Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are selected for funding, you will receive an email notifying you of your award by Sept. 30, 2023.

Funding Period: The winners' memberships will start Oct. 1, 2023, and expire June 30, 2024.

How to Apply

The application is an online form where you'll provide contact information and a few details about your library. You can fill it out on your computer, phone, or tablet—click the link below!

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