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Improving Access to Information Grant Program (medium grants)

IMPROVING ACCESS TO INFORMATION GRANT PROGRAM 2024/2025

LM is pleased to announce the 2024/2025 Improving Access to Information grants program is open. This LSTA grant program is designed to provide 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 access to library collections and information. This grant program is competitive. The Library of Michigan has limited funding and therefore has limited funds to grant to organizations. 

LM funded eighteen Improving Access to Information grants for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. LM received 26 applications from academic and public libraries working  to provide further access  and services to their students and communities. The awards total $356,541. Two libraries received local history or special collections grants, four libraries received programming grants, five libraries received digital inclusion grants, and seven libraries received literacy related grants. The project descriptions are included here.

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.

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.

Applicants should also consider the LSTA legislative priorities listed above. For each priority, programs that provide support for or include locally underserved populations and/or include concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged.

GRANT GUIDELINES

    • Literacy: We are interested in projects that improve participant or user literacy for a range of literacy topics, such as early literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, English as a second language (ESL), adult literacy, health literacy, etc.

    Examples: Supporting ESL programming for migratory farm workers or new Americans; Media literacy programming for students; Financial or digital literacy training for underserved groups

    • Digital Inclusion: We are interested in programs or services that increase or improve digital access for users with limited access to the internet and/or knowledge of devices or online resources.

    Examples: Hot spot or laptop lending programs; Technology training programs focusing on information access; Training on assistive devices for those who have disabilities.

    • 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: 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.

Within the priorities, successful applications will address ALL the guidelines listed above and the detailed guidelines in the application information packets as well as clearly articulate how the activities will improve access for and have a direct impact on the targeted users.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Michigan public and academic libraries and library cooperatives. Public libraries must be legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Academic libraries must be part of a public or non-profit college or university currently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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 - Wednesday, May 31st by 5:00 PM EST
  • Grants Awarded - August
  • Grants Award Period - October 1 - September 30

APPLICATION WEBINARS

The application webinars are REQUIRED. Please attend in person or watch the recording available here after the date of the webinar. The informational and budget webinars are optional, but highly recommended.

  • Grant Program Informational webinar - March 19th, 1:00 PM - RECORDING
  • Application webinar - Applying for the Literacy, Digital Inclusion & Library Programming Priorities - April 11th, 1:00 PM - REGISTER
  • Application webinar - Applying for the Local History or Special Collections Priority - April 11th, 3:00 PM - REGISTER
  • Budget webinar - Developing Your Grant Budget - April 23rd, 2:00 PM - REGISTER

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

GRANTEE ADMINISTRATION WEBINARS

In-person attendance at administration webinars are REQUIRED. 

Improving Access to Information Grant Program - 1. Managing Your Grant / 2. Managing a Digitization Project

  • TBA - Arranged with approved grantees in September.

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 & DOCUMENTS

Improving Access to Information Grant - Application Information packet for Literacy and Digital Inclusion Priorities

Improving Access to Information Grant - Application Information packet for Local History or Special Collections Priority

Improving Access to Information Grant Program Timeline

Improving Access to Information Grant - Grant Administration Manual - 2023/2024 program

Improving Access to Information Grant - Grant Administration Manual - 2024/2025 program
These manuals explain the management of the Improving Access to Information grant, including evaluation, reporting, and reimbursements.

Application Form - CIPA Form and Certifications and Assurances - For Online Submission Only

Application and Active Grant Form - Budget Worksheet - For Online Submission Only

Application Form - Rights Assessment Template - For Online Submission Only

Active Grant Form - Time Keeping Report - For Online Submission Only

Active Grant Form - Travel Reimbursement Form - For Online Submission Only

Active Grant Form - Reimbursement Request Sample Planning sheet - For Online Submission Only

APPLICATION

Application is by online form. The application questions are listed in the Improving Access to Information Grant Program Application Information packets above. Applicants should read an Application Information packet thoroughly before submitting an application. Attending Application webinar or watching a recorded webinar is Required to apply. The necessary certifications (CIPA form and Certifications & Assurances) are included in the packets and are posted above in a separate document for your use. ALL applicants must complete and sign both sections of the certifications and submit them online within the application. The certifications are the applicant's signatures for the grant contract.

APPLY FOR A GRANT or SUBMIT GRANT FORMS

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please contact Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or reishk@michigan.gov with questions on the program.

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Updated 02/14/2024