Breakthrough awards are intended to support library digitization efforts that have run into roadblocks due to financial shortfall. The purpose of these awards is to provide the necessary resources to get a project to the next level, or ensure the success of projects just shy of completion. Awards will support projects that aim to create and share significant local digital content. Creativity in proposed projects is welcome, and applicants are encouraged to propose novel solutions to their unique situations.SEFLIN will offer one-time institution-level awards for an approved fixed cost to applicants who exhibit a need for assistance and can successfully demonstrate how Breakthrough Awards will assist projects to reach the next level of success. Awards will provide support for four cost categories: equipment or supply purchases, personnel stipends, contractual costs, or "mixed approved costs." The Breakthrough Award period will be from 11/15/21 – 7/31/22 and proposed projects must complete Breakthrough-specific tasks within this period.
Eligible applicants must:
SSEFLIN has a total of $10,000 available for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Award amounts will be determined by proposed need and number of eligible applicants. Awards are expected to value between $500 – $5,000 per applicant.
Creativity in proposed projects is encouraged, but the goal of the Breakthrough Awards program is to support the completion of projects that create and/or share significant local digital content. To this end, the four award categories are as follows:
Allowable expenses are subject to compliance with Florida Library Cooperative Grant regulations (see Appendix 1), as well as all applicable State, Local, and Federal law. SEFLIN reserves the right to deny applications that are deemed in conflict with these regulations.
If selected, award recipients agree to:
• 1/14/2022 – Letters of Intent due to SEFLIN• 2/4/2022 – Full proposal invitations distributed on or before this date• 2/25/2022 – Full proposals due to SEFLIN• 3/1/2022 – Awards made• 7/31/2022 – Awardees must have disbursed all Breakthrough funds by this date• 7/31/2022 – Final report outlining Breakthrough program's impact on project due.