Collaborative Library Service Grant Program

  • LSTA Collaborative Library Services Grant Program

    This multi-year grant program provides Michigan public, academic and school libraries 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 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.

    Application availability will be announced in December for grants that will begin in October 2019.


    • 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. Eligible libraries that submit the Intent to File form by the deadline are eligible to apply.


    The Library of Michigan announces each fiscal year whether competitive grant funds are available. The grant periods are from one to three years (Oct.-Sept.) and funding is for $50,000 to $225,000 per year up to a possible total of $500,000.

    PROGRAM TIMELINE: If funding is available:

    • Intent to File Form Due Date - End of January of each program year
      • Current due date - Thursday, January 31, 2019 by 5:00 PM EST.
    • Application Due Date  - End of May of each program year - Open only to eligible libraries who submitted an Intent to File by January 31st.
      • Current due date - Thursday, May 31st by 5:00 PM EST.
    • Grants Awarded - August/September
    • Grants Begin - October 1, 2019.
    • Grants Completion - September 30 of final year of grant.


    • Collaboration & Innovation in the Program Webinars (Review of the program focuses)
      • Webinar 1
      • Webinar 2
    • Application Webinars (explanation of application questions and review process)
      • Webinar 1
      • Webinar 2


    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.



    2017-2018 Grants: Grand Rapids Public Library and Niles District Library have been awarded Collaborative Library Services grants this year. Niles District Library is doing the Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries project. It is a three-year grant for $200,615 and includes partner libraries in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties as well as Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Grand Rapids Public Library is doing the Project FEEDS (Financially Educating Economically Disadvantaged Students. It is a two-year grant for $100,000 and includes Junior Achievement and local businesses as partners.

    Three sponsorship grants were also awarded to The Library Network, the Michigan Library Association, and the Michigan Academic Libraries Association. Each grant is to support statewide training and activities in the amount of $5,000.

    2016-2017 Grants: Dearborn Public Library, Jackson District Library, Wayne State University Libraries and Ypsilanti District Library have grants for collaborative projects working with underserved populations. You can find a description of the grant funded programs here.

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement