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LSTA Grants: Applying

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

Applications, Information Sessions, and Dates

The following types of libraries are eligible to apply for LSTA 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.

All applicants must attend ONE information session covering application instructions, regulations, and fiscal management. It is recommended that the person writing the application and the person managing the project attend. Sessions will focus primarily on planning grants, with some information about literacy grants for 2019. Register for one of these sessions on the Continuing Education calendar:

Additional sessions will be offered through March.

OPTIONAL workshop: Planning for a Literacy Grant Application

Register on the Continuing Education calendar

Thursday, November 29, 9:30-12:30, Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown

The State Library offers one-year LSTA literacy grants of up to $7,500 to assist libraries with creating strategic, sustainable partnerships and lifelong learning programs that address the seven literacies (basic, early, civic/social, digital/information, financial, health, and legal). In this workshop, learn how to develop a compelling grant application:

  • identify your target audience, what motivates them, and how you know what they need
  • describe the project activities by addressing who, what, where, when, how and why
  • identify project costs, and compose a project budget

Also learn about the wide range of literacy resources available from the State Library to support your projects, and talk with state library experts about existing programs and partners who can help your project succeed.

This workshop is not required for LSTA grant applicants but is strongly encouraged.

  • 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
  • May 21, 2018 - State Library Board takes action on the grant applications
  • July 1, 2018 - grant period begins
  • January 30, 2019 - midpoint reports due
  • June 30, 2019 - one-year literacy grant period ends, all funds must be spent
  • September 28, 2019 - final reports due

Applications for planning grants will be accepted on a rolling deadline and must be received by the State Library by 4:00 PM Eastern Time four weeks prior to the next State Library Board (SLB) meeting. Grant activities and spending may begin on the first day of the month as noted in the schedule below and must conclude within six months following the start date. All final reports are due 90 days later.

Application Deadline

SLB Meeting Date

Project Start Date

Project End Date

Report Due Date

April 23, 2018

May 21, 2018

July 1, 2018

December 30, 2018

April 1, 2019

June 25, 2018

July 23, 2018

September 1, 2018

February 28, 2019

May 29, 2019

August 27, 2018

September 24, 2018

November 1, 2018

April 30, 2019

July 29, 2019

October 29, 2018

November 26, 2018

January 1, 2019

June 30, 2019

September 30, 2019


January 2019 – TBD

March 1, 2019

August 31, 2019

November 29, 2019


March 2019 – TBD

May 1, 2019

October 31, 2019

January 29, 2020

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SAM Registration

SAM User Guide – Sections 1-3 are most applicable.

Video on Registering New Entities in SAM for Grants (31:29)

For Help, contact the Federal Service Desk for a live chat.

Go to, create an individual user account, and log into SAM to register your entity. You will need the following information:

  1. Your DUNS Number, Legal Business Name, and Physical Address from your Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) record. If you don't already have one, you can request a DUNS Number for FREE from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). This can be created within 1 business day.
  2. Your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) [the same as your Employer Identification Number] and Taxpayer Name associated with your TIN. Review your tax documents from the IRS (such as a 1099 or W-2 form) to find your Taxpayer Name.
  3. Your bank's routing number, your bank account number, and your bank account type, i.e. checking or savings, to set up Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).


  • 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?

Sample Applications

These are actual grant applications from past years that received high scores from reviewers and were funded:

LSTA Coordinator

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


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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