Public Library Services Grant Program

  • Grant Awards

    2020 Public Library Services Grants

    The 2020 Public Library Services grant program is open. Program documentation and the application packet are posted below. The application is submitted through the online link under Apply for a Grant. Please read the program documentation BEFORE submitting an application. The applications are due Friday, March 6th at 5:00 PM EST.

    For information on previous grants, the Library of Michigan awarded 92 grants for a total of $153,554 in 2019. The selected libraries are on the 2019 Grant Award List and you can find more information in the press release.

  • Public Library Services Grant Program

    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.
       

    EXAMPLES:

    Thank you to our libraries for sharing their ideas!


    FUNDING AVAILABILITY:

    The grant period is May to August annually, if funds are available. Funding is from $500 to $2,000 per grant. The Library of Michigan will fund as many projects as possible that meet the grant criteria. Funds are distributed by reimbursement after the grant program is completed. Libraries who have not received funding the previous year will be given priority.

    PROGRAM TIMELINE:

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

    APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: 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.

  • APPLICATION WEBINARS

    LSTA General Grants Question & Answer

    • Monday, February 3rd - 2:00 PM - REGISTER

    Public Library Services Grant Program - How to Apply

    • Tuesday, February 11th - 3:00 PM - REGISTER

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement