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LSTA Project

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

Active SAM Registration and DUNS Number

NOTE CHANGE: Unique Entity Identifier in addition to Duns Number!

As of April 4, 2022, the federal government will transition away from the use of the DUNS Number and toward the new Unique Entity ID as the primary means of entity identification for federal awards government-wide.

What You Need to Do: Your library can now get a Unique Entity ID (SAM) from as a stand-alone request.  You don’t need to complete the full entity registration process. You just need the unique entity identifier. Here’s how the new process works for subawardees of LSTA and other federal funds via the CT State Library.

To get a Unique Entity ID (SAM):

1.     Go to and sign in or create an account.

2.     Select the “Get Started” button from the Entity Management widget displayed in your Workspace.

3.     Select the “Get Unique Entity ID” button near the bottom of the page.

4.     Enter your entity’s information on the next page and follow the system prompts.

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:

  • 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:
  • 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 a Unique Entity Identifier in addition to their DUNS number. 

If you’d like feedback on your draft LSTA application, email it to Christine Gauvreau at 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.

  • LSTA Grant Information Session, December 2, 2021 from 3 pm to 4 pm. Register.

  • LSTA Grant Information Session, December 8, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am.  Register.
  • LSTA Grant Information Session, December 2, 2021 from 3 pm to 4 pm. 

  • LSTA Grant Information Session, December 8, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am. 
  • 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

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

December 20, 2021

January 24, 2022

March 1, 2022

August 31, 2022

November 30, 2022

February 15, 2022 March 28, 2022 May 1, 2022 October 31, 2022 January 30, 2023
April 15, 2022 May 23, 2022 July 1, 2022 December 31, 2022 March 30, 2023


  • 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:

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