From the PLA website:
The purpose of these grants is to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.
This grant has been established to enable PLA Members new to the profession and who have not had the opportunity to attend a major PLA continuing education event in the last five years to do so.
Eligible events are PLA Dynamic Planning Institute; PLA Conference; and other PLA events, such as preconferences or institutes, held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference or ALA Midwinter Meeting.
For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the PLA website at http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/newleadersgrant