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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 Futures school 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.

Please note that beginning February 2, 2022, all libraries receiving subawards from LSTA funds, need an active SAM registration, in addition to their DUNS number.  Finalizing a SAM registration can take up to four weeks. 

If you’d like feedback on your draft LSTA application, email it to Christine Gauvreau,  Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov by March 6, 2022.

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.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Register Here.

Monday, September 20, 2021

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Register Here.

September 20, 2021

  • September 20, 2021, 10:00 am -11:00 am, Register Here.
  • September 20, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Register Here.
  • January 30, 2022 - midpoint reports for all literacy grants due
  • April 15, 2022 - Literacy Grant applications due
  • July 1, 2022 --Literacy Grant cycle begins
  • June 30, 2023 - one-year and 11-month literacy grant cycle ends, all funds must be spent
  • September 30, 2023 - 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. 

Application Deadline

SLB Meeting Date

Project Start Date

Project End Date

Report Due Date

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

Late December (date to be determined when SLB Meetings for 2022 are scheduled)

Late January 2022

March 1, 2022

August 31, 2022

November 30, 2022

Active SAM Registration and DUNS Number

NOTE CHANGE: Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

Applicants must provide a DUNS number and a SAM (System for Award Management) Number and current Expiration Date, available from https://www.sam.gov. Libraries that receive grant awards should continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information during the entire grant period.

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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