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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 per year. A library should not apply for both types of grants on the same due date.

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.  A sample RFP is available above.  For general information about the RFP Process:  https://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/overview-of-the-rfp-process
  • 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, 2021.

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:

 

  • March 1, 2021, 9:00 am  - 10:15 am
  • March 1, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
  • August 1, 2020 - special 11-month literacy grant period begins
  • January 30, 2021 - midpoint reports for all literacy grants due
  • March 1, 2021, 9:00 am - 10:15 am, LSTA Grant Information Session. Register.
  • March 1, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm, LSTA Grant Information Session.  Register.
  • April 15, 2021 - Literacy Grant applications 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 25, 2021 and the deadline for applying for a planning grant that would be reviewed at that meeting is December 28, 2020. 

Application Deadline

SLB Meeting Date

Project Start Date

Project End Date

Report Due Date

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
December 28, 2020 January 25, 2021 March 1, 2021 August 31, 2021 November 30, 2021
February 22, 2021 March 22, 2021 May 1, 2021 October 31, 2021 January 30, 2022
April 26, 2021 May 24, 2021 July 1, 2021 December 31, 2021 March 30, 2022
June 28, 2021 July 26, 2021 September 1, 2021 February 28, 2022 May 30, 2022
August 30, 2021 September 27, 2021 December 1, 2021 May 31, 2022 August 30, 2022
October 25, 2021 November 22, 2021 January 1, 2022 June 30, 2022 September 29, 2022

 

DUNS Number

DUNS Numbers are unique identifiers issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), and you can find yours online. If you don't already have one, you can request a DUNS Number for FREE from Dun & Bradstreet. This can be created within 1 business day.

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
860-704-2226

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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