Collaborative Library Service 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.
- 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 by October 31, 2017. Eligible libraries that submit the Intent to File form by the deadline are eligible to apply. The application is due January 31, 2018.
The Library of Michigan announces each fiscal year whether competitive grant funds are available. The grant periods are from one to three years and funding is 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
- Current due date - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST.
- 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.
- Current due date - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by 5:00 PM EST.
- Grants Awarded - March of application year.
- Grant Completion - April of final year of grant.
- Pre-Application Webinars (program review and Intent to File information)
- Monday, September 18, 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, October 11, 10:00 AM (repeat)
- Application Webinars (explanation of application questions and review process)
- Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 AM
- Tuesday, November 28, 2:00 PM (repeat)
Register for a webinar.
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.
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.
Forms and Documents
- LSTA Grant Program General Information
- LSTA Grant Application Information Packet
- LSTA Grant Program Administration Handbook
- LSTA Grant Program Timeline
- LSTA Grant Program Intent to File Information - SAMPLE of online form
- Letter of Intent Signature Sheet - For Online Submission Only
- Budget Worksheet - For Online Submission Only
- Application Certifications and Board Resolutions - For Online Submission Only
Application is by an online form provided directly to eligible organizations who have submitted an Intent to File form by the deadline. The application questions can be reviewed in the LSTA Grant Application Information document above. Potential applicants should read both the General Information and Application Packet documents and attend an application webinar.
Please contact Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on the program.