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Improving Access to Information Grant Program (medium grants)
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 for users. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund a limited number of grants that meet these priorities.
LM is pleased to announce the program is open for the 2022/2023 grant year. In this grant year, the program now has two applications - one for the literacy or digital inclusion priorities and one for the local history or special collections priority.
To see previous grant awards, in 2021 LM approved twelve projects for a total of $205,000.
- 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.
- 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 welcome.
- 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 and the detailed guidelines in the application information packets.
Michigan public and academic libraries. Public libraries must be legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Academic libraries must be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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.
- Application Due - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
- Grants Awarded - August
- Grants Award Period - October 1 - September 30
UEI Numbers and LM Grants - What Do You Need to Do?
- Thursday, March 3rd, 2:00 PM - Contact staff for more information
Improving Access to Information Grant Application webinar - Applying for the Local History or Special Collections Priority / REQUIRED
- Tuesday, March 22nd, 10:00 AM - RECORDING
Improving Access to Information Grant Application webinar - Applying for the Literacy & Digital Inclusion Priorities
- Thursday, March 24th, 2:00 PM - RECORDING
Improving Access to Information Grant Application webinar - Planning for a Digitization or Preservation Project / REQUIRED
- Thursday, April 7th, 2:00 PM - RECORDING
GRANTEE ADMINISTRATION WEBINARS
Improving Access to Information Grant Program - 1. Managing Your Grant / 2. Managing a Digitization Project / REQUIRED
- TBA - Arranged with approved grantees in September.
Webinars will be recorded and the recording link will be sent to everyone who is registered.
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 - Grant Administration Manual
This manual has the information library staff need to complete their approved Improving Access to Information grant, including evaluation, reporting and reimbursements.
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 Application Information packet before submitting an application. We recommend participating in the application webinar. Those applying for a Local History or Special Collections project are required to participate in or watch the recording of the Application and Planning webinars listed above. 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
- Open an Application - Literacy or Digital Inclusion Priorities - Deadline May 31st at 5:00 PM EST
- Open an Application - Local History or Special Collections Priority - Deadline May 31st at 5:00 PM EST
- Return to an Application and/or Submit a Reimbursement or Report
- Crediting IMLS and LM in LSTA Funded Grants
- IMLS and Outcome Based Evaluations
- Indirect Costs in LSTA Funded Grants
- LSTA Grant Activity Statistics Guide
- LSTA Grant Reimbursement Request Checklist
- LSTA Grant Required Evaluation Survey Questions
Please contact Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on the program.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.