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LSTA Grants: Applying

All the information you need to apply for and manage an LSTA grant.

LSTA Grants, 2018-2019

The CT State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $75,000 for LSTA grants in two categories:

1. One-year literacy grants will provide up to $7,500 to assist libraries with creating strategic, sustainable partnerships and lifelong learning programs that address the seven literacies in their communities. The seven literacies are described in the Division's 2018-2022 LSTA Five-Year Plan as basic, early, civic/social, digital/information, financial, health, and legal literacy. See the literacy grant application instructions for more information.

2. Planning grants will provide up to $5,000 to assist libraries with planning initiatives to explore new services, assess and address the needs of changing population and patron bases, develop partnerships and collaboration, or write new strategic plans or long-range master plans, Libraries must have completed both the Best Practices for CT Public Libraries self-assessment and the Aspen Action Guide and must submit the results with their grant applications. Projects must include a community needs assessment component, such as a survey, focus groups, interviews, etc.


Application form and instructions for planning grants will be released later in January 2018.

The following types of libraries are eligible to apply for LSTA literacy grants:

  • Principal public libraries
  • School libraries
  • Academic libraries
  • Special libraries

The maximum funding amount is $7,500 for literacy grants and $5,000 for planning grants. Each library system may submit only one grant application per category.

If you’d like feedback on your draft LSTA application, email it to Maria Bernier by March 9.

Key Dates for 2018-2019 grants

  • January 2018 - grant opportunities announced and applications available
  • January through March 2018 - grant workshops and information sessions
  • March 9, 2018 - deadline to submit draft applications for comments
  • April 9, 2018, 4:00 pm - applications due for literacy grants
  • April 23, 2018, 4:00 pm - first rolling deadline for planning grants, for May 21 SLB approval
  • May 21, 2018 - State Library Board takes action on the grant applications
  • June 25, 2018, 4:00 pm – rolling deadline for planning grants, for July 23 SLB approval
  • July 1, 2018 - grant period begins
  • August 27, 2018, 4:00 pm – rolling deadline for planning grants, for September 24 SLB approval
  • October 29, 2018, 4:00 pm – rolling deadline for planning grants, for November 26 SLB approval
  • June 30, 2019 - one-year literacy grant period ends, all funds must be spent


Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. The use of LSTA funds in Connecticut is administered according to the Five-Year Plan (2018-2022) submitted to IMLS in June 2017.

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  • Identify a need in your community through a community needs assessment, surveys, or focus groups
  • Propose a solution
  • Find community partners who can help
  • Describe the expected benefit or outcome
  • Is it fundable, valuable, and sustainable?
  • Is it replicable elsewhere?
  • Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

LSTA Coordinator

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Maria Bernier
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

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