Collaborative Library Service Grant Program

  • LSTA Collaborative Library Services Grant Program 2016-2017

    This multi-year grant program provides Michigan public, academic and school libraries with the opportunity to develop innovative programs or services that have the potential to develop into sustainable regional or statewide programs that can benefit a broad range of libraries. Programs with strong partnerships between libraries, and/or local community groups or agencies have greater community support, so strong partnerships are a requirement for this grant. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund ONE to THREE pilot projects that meet these priorities.

    Congratulations to the 2017 program grantees! Dearborn Public Library, Jackson District Library, Wayne State University Libraries and Ypsilanti District Library have all been granted funds for collaborative projects working with underserved populations. You can find a description of the grant funded programs here.


    • 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 local community agencies.

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

    • To develop an innovative service or program to meet a newly identified community need;
    • To meet the increased community demand for a service or resource;
    • To improve or develop 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.

    ALL applicants MUST submit an Intent to File form to be eligible to apply for a grant. - CLOSED FOR 2017. Availability for 2018 will be announced in August 2017.


    The Library of Michigan will announce each fiscal year whether competitive grant funds are available. The grant periods will be from one to three years and funding will be for $50,000 to $225,000 per year up to a possible total of $500,000.


    • Intent to File Form Due Date - October 31st of each program year - The Library is no longer accepting Intent to File forms for the 2016/2017 period. The availability of the 2017/2018 program will be announced in August 2017.
    • Application Due Date  - January 31st of each program year - Open only to eligible libraries who submitted an Intent to File by the previous Oct. 31st.
    • Grants Awarded - March of application year.
    • Grant Completion - April of final year of grant.


    A general grant application webinar is held prior to the Intent to File deadline.


    The Collaborative Library Services Grant program may also be used to support for statewide library staff professional development or resource sharing in areas that are not a focus of the Library of Michigan and align with Library of Michigan services. Non-profit library organizations with statewide services or memberships may apply for sponsorships.

    Further information can be found in the Forms and Documents section below.

Forms and Documents