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LSTA Collaborative Library Services Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Libraries to Enhance Programming

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Library of Michigan - Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

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05/29/20 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to Michigan libraries of all types for creative and original projects and activities. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply prior to applying. Funding is intended to support ideas that will potentially grow into programs that will benefit a variety of libraries across the state and in other regions. Grants may support subsequent phases of an existing project, as well as ongoing projects that reach new audiences, incorporate new methodologies, or significantly expand the reach of the project.


  • Provide funding for innovative library services and programs,
  • Create the opportunity to develop sustainable new regional or statewide programs, and
  • Develop partnerships among libraries and/or between libraries and community agencies.

Applicants may propose a library program or service in any content area appropriate for library services, such as the following:

  • Develop an innovative service or program to meet an identified community need; 
  • Meet an increased community demand for a service or resource; 
  • Improve or create new services to target populations, such as people from diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and individuals with limited functional literacy, limited English proficiency or limited information literacy skills.

For additional program priorities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 182251

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is for $50,000 to $225,000 per year up to a total of $500,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant periods are from one to three years (Oct.-Sept.).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

According to the Library Services and Technology Act, (20 USC Section 9101-9176, Ch. 72 Museum and Library Services), Subchapter II, Sec. 9122, the term “library” includes:
1. A public library;
2. A public elementary school or secondary school library;
3. An academic library;
4. A research library that: a. makes publicly available library services and materials suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available to the public; and b. is not an integral part of an institution of higher education; and
5. A private library, or other special library, but only if the State in which such private or special library is located determines that the library should be considered a library for purposes of this subchapter.

In order to be eligible, a library must:
1. Have one or more paid library staff;
2. Have a regular schedule of library service;
3. Have a dedicated facility for library purposes;
4. Have an annual budget with funds reserved for library materials and services;
5. Have a record of multi-type library cooperation, evidenced by activities such as union listing of
holdings, reciprocal borrowing or interlibrary loan; and,
6. if a "public library,” be "lawfully established" for purposes of the State Aid to Public Libraries Act and meet all eligibility requirements for receiving state aid.

Proposals must be submitted by a LSTA-eligible library or organization. Partners can include one or more academic, public, school, special or institutional libraries or non-library agencies. Only one organization may apply per project. The lead organization will be the fiscal agent and the project administrator in terms of grant requirements.

Who is not a partner for the purposes of this grant?
- Vendors who provide services related to the grant project are not partners.
- If the applicant is a library system, branch libraries are not partners.
- If the applicant is a library cooperative, ISD, REMC or other non-profit group, member libraries or schools are not partners.
- If the applicant is an academic library, departments within the same college or university are not partners.

Unallowable Requests:
Requests to fund generally accepted standard library operations, such as collection development, automation, staffing or equipment replacement, will not be granted. Requests for funds that supplant local funding instead of supplementing local funding will not be granted. Requests that include construction or renovation of a building or vehicle or other capital expenditures will not be granted.

Pre-Application Information:

An Intent to File is due Friday, February 28th by 5:00 PM EST. The applications are due Friday, May 29th by 5:00 PM EST.

Application is by an online form provided directly to eligible organizations who have submitted an Intent to File form by the deadline.

Program Timeline:
- Intent to File Form Due Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
- Application due date: Friday, May 29, 2020
- Grants Awarded: August
- Grant Award Period: October 1 - September 30.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI:

Apply online:

Karren Reish

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan

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