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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.

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 welcome.

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 and the detailed guidelines in the application information packets.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

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.

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 - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Grants Awarded - August
  • Grants Award Period - October 1 - September 30

APPLICATION WEBINARS

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

Improving Access to Information Grant Application webinar - Applying for the Literacy & Digital Inclusion Priorities

Improving Access to Information Grant Application webinar - Planning for a Digitization or Preservation Project / REQUIRED

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.

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
This manual has the information library staff need to complete their approved 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

Active Grant Form - Equipment Inventory Form - 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 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

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

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

Updated 05/05/2022