Introduction

  • LSTA Improving Access to Information Grant Program

    This LSTA grant program is designed to provide public and academic libraries with the opportunity to expand services for learning and access to information and/or to develop library services that provide all users access to information. The intent is to fund one-year projects that increase capacity to provide access to library collections and information. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund a limited number of grants that meet these priorities.

    2021/2022 Grants: The 2021/2022 Improving Access to Information Grant program is open! Please see below for the application guidelines, application information packet and the link to submit an application. The application deadline is Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.

    GRANT PRIORITIES:

    • Improve access to services & information in areas of literacy.
    • Improve access to services & information in areas of local history or special collections.
    • Improve access to information for community users with limited online access, e.g. improving equity through digital inclusion.

    Applicants may propose a project for any of these three priorities.

    GRANT GUIDELINES:

    • Literacy projects: We are interested in projects that improve community literacy for a range of topics, such as early literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, English as a second language (ESL), health literacy, etc. Examples are supporting programming for a community group like a teen center, creating a pop-up library collection that supports an identified local need, providing financial or digital literacy training, etc.
       
    • Local history or special collections: We are interested in projects that engage local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Examples are preservation and promotion of an existing collection, collaborating with a local museum to bring together a themed collection, remediating metadata for an existing digital collection for inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), etc.
       
    • Access to Information: We are interested in digital inclusion projects, meaning increasing or improving services for users with limited online access. Examples are hot spot lending programs, support for technology training, using assistive devices with disabled patrons, etc.

    Within the priorities, successful applications will address the guidelines listed above. For sample ideas, see the 2020/2021 approved grants.

    APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:

    Michigan public and academic libraries. Public libraries must be legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Library of Michigan.

    FUNDING AVAILABILITY:

    The Library of Michigan announces each fiscal year whether competitive grant funds are available. The grant period is one year (October 1 - September 30) and funding is from $5,000 to $25,000.

    PROGRAM TIMELINE:

    • Application Due - Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
    • Grants Awarded - August
    • Grants Award Period - October 1 - September 30
  • APPLICATION WEBINARS

    Improving Access to Information Grant Program - How to Apply

    • Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:00 PM - REGISTER

    Improving Access to Information Grant Program - Managing Your Grant

    • TBA - Arranged with grantees in August

    Webinars will be recorded and the recording link will be sent to everyone who is registered.

    PURCHASING NOTE:

    Tech Ban for Federal Funds - Grantees may not purchase telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services from companies with an Exclusion in their SAM.gov record. Please check SAM.gov when purchasing technology equipment to confirm the company you want to purchase from is not a banned company.

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement