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.

    GRANT PRIORITIES:

    • Increase a library’s capacity to offer services & information in areas of literacy.
    • Increase a library’s capacity to offer services & information in areas of local history or special collections.
    • Increase a library’s capacity to improve access to information for community users with limited access.
       

    Applicants may propose a project for any of the three priorities listed. Grants may be awarded to:

    • Develop or increase the scope of literacy projects in the broad sense, such as early literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, ESL, etc.;
    • Develop or improve access to local history or special collections;
    • Improve access to online information and services for users with limited access.
       

    APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:

    Michigan public and academic libraries. 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 (Oct.-Sept.) and funding is for $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

    PROGRAM TIMELINE:

    • Application Due Date  - Thursday, May 31, 2019, 5:00 PM EST
    • Grants Awarded - August 2019
    • Grants Begin - October 1, 2019
       

    APPLICATION WEBINARS: Register at www.michigan.gov/ceevents.

    • Improving Access to Information Grant Overview and Application
      • March 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM
      • April 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement