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Public Library Services Grant Program (small grants)

PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES GRANT PROGRAM

This LSTA grant program is designed to support public library programming in the areas of literacy, children and teens, and/or technology. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund as many grants as possible that meet these priorities. The program is intended to help public libraries increase programming opportunities for their communities by funding supplies and materials for library programs in the areas of technology, children or teen programs, or literacy support. For 2022, 131 grants for a total of $223,631 have been approved for a wide range of summer programs. See the 2022 Public Library Services Grant Award list to see which libraries have been awarded grants.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

This summer quick grant provides Michigan public libraries the opportunity to purchase supplies and materials for a specific program that will happen over the summer. Applications must be for a program that fits at least one of the topics and one of the LSTA priorities listed below. Requested supplies and materials must be for the program described in the application.

2022 Program Topics

  • Literacy Programs - This topic area is for the broad idea of literacy programs, such as ESL, early literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, digital literacy, etc.
  • Children & Teen Programs - This topic area is for programs where the primary audience is children or teens, and can include a range of programming areas such as art, STEAM, gaming, summer reading, etc. 
  • Technology Programs - This topic area is for programs that improve community access to technology, such as digital inclusion, assistive technologies for disabled patrons, etc. Libraries requesting devices that can access the Internet MUST comply with Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) regulations for all Internet accessible grant purchases

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.
For each priority, programs that provide support for or include locally underserved populations and/or include concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion are welcome.

EXAMPLES

Thank you to our libraries for sharing their ideas!

FUNDING AVAILABILITY

The grant period is May to September, if funds are available. Funding is from $500 to $2,000 per grant. The Library of Michigan will fund as many projects as possible that meet the grant criteria. Funds are distributed by reimbursement ONLY after the grant purchasing is complete.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Application Available - February
  • Application Due - March 7, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Grants Awarded - April 2022
  • Grant Period - May through September 2022
  • Purchasing Period - May through August 2022

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Michigan public libraries that are legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Libraries are eligible to submit one application per location. Branch location applications must be submitted by the main library as of 2022. See the application information packet for more information. Small and rural libraries or libraries that have not received a grant in the last year will be given priority.

APPLICATION & ADMINISTRATION WEBINARS

Public Library Services Grant Program - How to Apply

  • Monday, February 14th - 10:00 AM - RECORDING

UEI Numbers and LM Grants - What Do You Need to Do?

  • Thursday, March 3rd - 2:00 PM - Contact staff with any questions.
How to Manage Your Public Library Services grant

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

Public Library Services Grant Program Application Information
Includes sample questions and step-by-step instructions.

Public Library Services Grant Program Timeline

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

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

Public Library Services Grant Program - Grant Administration Manual
This manual has the information library staff need to complete their approved Public Library Services grant, including evaluation, reporting and reimbursements.

Active Grant Form - Public Library Services Grant Program Reimbursement Form - SAMPLE of Online Form

Active Grant Form - Public Library Services Grant Program Final Report - SAMPLE of Online Form

APPLICATION

Application is by online form. The application questions are listed in the Public Library Grant Program Application Information packet above. Applicants should read Application Information packet before submitting an application. If you have further questions, you can participate in the application webinar. The necessary certifications (CIPA form and Certifications & Assurances) are included in the packet and are posted above. 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.