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 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission 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.
As announced on Conntech, January 5, 2016:
The CT State Library receives approximately $2 million in Federal funds each year via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program. The majority of this funding supports statewide initiatives and services, such as deliverIT CT (formerly Connecticar), researchIT CT (iCONN), find IT CT (reQuest), continuing education workshops for library staff, summer reading, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Often, a small portion of these funds are also distributed by CSL through competitive sub-grants to public libraries.
In order to maintain statewide services during a time when we are experiencing reductions in state funding, CSL will not offer LSTA sub-grants this year.
Sub-grants are expected to resume next year for projects occurring between July 2017 and June 2018. Throughout the year, DLD will continue to share announcements of other grant sources and offer grant writing workshops that are applicable to any funder.
For more information, contact Maria Bernier, LSTA Coordinator, at email@example.com or 860-704-2204.
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