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LSTA Public 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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Deadline Date:

03/06/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan public libraries for supplies that enhance seasonal programming. Programs include the following areas of focus: children and youth, technology, and literacy. Funding is intended to benefit individuals with disabilities and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Priority will be given to small and rural libraries or libraries that have not received a grant in the last year.

This summer quick grant provides Michigan public libraries the opportunity to purchase supplies and materials for a specific program that will happen over the summer. Applications must be for a program that fits one of the topics and LSTA priorities listed below. Requested materials must be for the program described in the application.

2020 Program Topics:

  • Literacy Programs – This topic area is for the broad idea of literacy programs, such as ESL, early literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, digital literacy, etc.
  • Children & Teen Programs – This topic area is for programs where the primary audience is children or teens, and can include a range of programming areas such as art, STEAM, gaming, summer reading, etc. 
  • Technology Programs - This topic area is for programs that improve community access to technology, such as digital inclusion, assistive technologies for disabled patrons, etc. Libraries requesting Internet capable devices must comply with CIPA regulations.

LSTA Priorities:

  • Programs or services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Programs or services to individuals with disabilities, to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; or
  • Programs or services expanding services for learning and access to information.

Allowable Purchases for this Grant Program:

  • Supplies/Materials: Supplies and materials purchased specifically for use in the grant project. These are items that typically you can hold in your hand. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187845

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is from $500 to $2,000 per grant.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is May to August annually, if funds are available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Michigan public libraries that are legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Small and rural libraries or libraries that have not received a grant in the last year will be given priority.

Note: You may not pay for warranties, maintenance fees, set up fees, subscriptions or training with this grant.

The following items are not eligible for funding:
All federal funds may only be used for federally allowable costs. Some types of expenses are not
allowable under federal rules (2 CFR 200), including:
- Performers or entertainers;
- Food and beverages;
- Advertising not directly related to the LSTA project;
- Collection development purchases not directly related to grant goals or integral to the grant program;
- Lobbying of any kind;
- Transportation or travel for program participants or non-grant funded personnel;
- Equipment or technology not specifically needed for the grant activities;
- Awards, honoraria, prizes or gifts;
- Souvenirs or promotional items;
- Costs incurred outside the grant period. Note that you may not request funds for activities or purchases before or after the grant period.
This list is not comprehensive. Grant recipients will not be reimbursed for unallowable costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, March 6th at 5:00 PM EST.

- Application Available - January 2020
- Application Due - March 6, 2020
- Grants Awarded - April 2020
- Grant Period - May through August 2020

Funds are distributed by reimbursement after the grant program is completed.

Contact Information:

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

Karren Reish, Library Grants Coordinator
517-241-0021 or 517-373-1580

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