Public Library Services Grant Program

  • Grant Awards

    2020 Public Library Services Grants

    The 2020 Public Library Services has awarded 84 grants! The Library of Michigan is pleased to provide funds for public libraries to increase services and programs for their communities. For those interested in the program for 2021, you can review the program documentation and the application packet from 2020 posted below. Information on the 2021 program availability will be posted in January 2021.

    For the 2020 grantees, you can see the selected libraries on the 2020 Grant Award List and you can find more information in the upcoming press release. The 2020 grant awards totaled $140,783.50.

  • 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.


    • 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.


    Thank you to our libraries for sharing their ideas!


    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.


    • 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.


    LSTA General Grants Question & Answer

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

    Public Library Services Grant Program - How to Apply

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

    How to Manage Your Public Library Services grant

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement