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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.

Please note that beginning September 1, 2020,  there will be additional requirements for planning grant applications.  These are:

  • Libraries must show continued use of Best Practices and Aspen Guide tools.
  • Libraries seeking extra points for the use of EXCITE and Edge assessment tools must show continued use.
  • Libraries applying for funds for a consultant must demonstrate that a competitive search was carried out.
  • Libraries may not submit a planning grant and a literacy grant application for the same deadline.

If you’d like feedback on your draft LSTA application, email it to Christine Gauvreau,  Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov by March 6, 2020.

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. Register for one of these sessions on the Continuing Education calendar:

 

 

  • December 11, 2019 - grant opportunities announced and applications available
  • Through March 2020 - grant workshops and information sessions
  • March 6, 2020 - deadline to submit draft applications for comments
  • April 17, 2020, 4:00 pm - applications due for literacy grants- EXTENDED DEADLINE Due to pandemic!
  • May 18, 2020 - State Library Board takes action on the grant applications
  • June 26, 2020 - SPECIAL EXTENDED GRANT DEADLINE DUE TO SPECIAL NEEDS DUE TO PANDEMIC
  • July 1, 2020 - normal grant period begins
  • July 27, 2020 -  State Library Board takes action on the special 11-month literacy grant applications
  • August 1, 2020 - special 11-month literacy grant period begins
  • January 30, 2021 - midpoint reports for all literacy grants due
  • June 30, 2021 - one-year and 11-month literacy grant period ends, all funds must be spent
  • September 30, 2021 - 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.

We can review drafts submitted 5 weeks prior to application deadline.  Note that the next State Library Board meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2020 and the deadline for applying for a planning grant that would be reviewed at that meeting is December 30, 2019.  Additional deadlines for  applying during 2020 calendar year will be posted after 12/10/2019.

Application Deadline

SLB Meeting Date

Project Start Date

Project End Date

Report Due Date

December 17, 2018

January 14, 2019

March 1, 2019

August 31, 2019

November 29, 2019

February 25, 2019

March 25, 2019

May 1, 2019

October 31, 2019

January 29, 2020

April 22, 2019

May 20, 2019

July 1, 2019

December 30, 2019

March 30, 2020

June 24, 2019

July 22, 2019

September 1, 2019

February 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

August 26, 2019

September 23, 2019

November 1, 2019

April 30, 2020

July 29, 2020

October 28, 2019

November 25, 2019

January 1, 2020

June 30, 2020

September 28, 2020

December 30, 2019 January 27, 2020 March 1, 2020 August 31, 2020 November 30, 2020
February 21, 2020 March 23, 2020 May 1, 2020 October 31, 2020 January 30, 2021
April 17, 2020--NO CHANGE due to coronovirus closings! May 18, 2020 July 1, 2020 December 31, 2020 March 30, 2021
June 26, 2020 July 27, 2020 September 1, 2020 February 28, 2021 May 30, 2021
August 21, 2020 September 21, 2020 December 1, 2020 May 31, 2021 August 29, 2021
October 23, 2020 November 23, 2020 January 1, 2021 June 30, 2021 September 29, 2021

 

DUNS Number

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Planning

  • Identify a need in your community and define your target population
  • Propose a solution to meet the need
  • 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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Christine Gauvreau
Contact:
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
860-704-2224

LSTA and IMLS

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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