The following types of libraries are eligible to apply for LSTA grants:
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:
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:
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.
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|
These are actual grant applications from past years that received high scores from reviewers and were funded:
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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