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2018 Arizona Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants

Grants to Arizona Libraries for Projects,
Programming, and General Operating Support

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Arizona State Library - Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Deadline Date:

03/09/18 Postmark and Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Arizona public, academic, school, special, and tribal libraries to support a broad range of projects and programming. Applicants must contact the appropriate staff member to review project ideas prior to applying. Funding is available for both projects and general operating support.

In order to receive the LSTA allotment from IMLS, the Arizona State Library creates a Five Year Plan that details its library service goals based on the LSTA purposes and priorities. The goals for the 2018 LSTA grants are to:
-Provide access to information in a variety of formats, tapping the capabilities of current and emerging technologies.
-Support informal educational programs that help Arizona’s residents explore, experience and expand.
-Offer inclusive community resources to enhance engagement, to develop workforce skills, and to learn life literacies such as parenting, health and finance.
-Stimulate excellent services in Arizona libraries by improving technology resources, staff skills, programs, and collections.

Allowable and Unallowable Costs:

Most costs reasonable, allocable and applicable for the proper and efficient administration of a grant project are allowable costs that may be proposed as budget items in an LSTA grant application. Grant funds may be expended for the items identified as allowable costs in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200).

Examples of allowable costs include:
-Salaries and benefits of temporary personnel hired specifically for the grant
-Consulting or contractual services
-Furnishings that are necessary to support the project
-Hardware, software, and/or technology necessary to support the project
-Indirect costs
-Library materials that are necessary to support the project
-Postage, printing costs and supplies for project materials
-Travel and/or training expenses related to the project for library or project staff

Project Grants vs. General Operating Grants:

LSTA grants are project grants. A project is defined as a temporary endeavor with a beginning and end that creates a unique product, service, or result. Projects are differentiated from operations, which are the ongoing activities that comprise the day-to-day operations of a library. LSTA grants should fund projects costs, not general operational costs.

Some operational costs that LSTA Grants will NOT fund include:
-Major infrastructure upgrades (e.g. RFID technology; document, charging, or self-service stations)
-Replacement desktops and laptops
-Furnishings not associated with a specific project
-Computers and other electronic devices not associated with a specific project

The only exception to general operating costs is the indirect cost rate for administrative overhead. If you have questions about whether your budget includes operational costs, contact a library consultant.

Review Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
-The application should reference the goals in the Arizona LSTA Five Year Plan.
-The application must be community-centered, not library-centered. A community-centered application will address the needs of the library’s target audience.
-The application shows evidence of preparation, needs assessment, appropriate use of resources and partnerships, and will include a well thought-out evaluation plan.
-Funds requested must be for reasonable, necessary, and allowable costs to achieve the project’s goals. The application should clearly explain how the requested funds will enable the library to achieve the project goals.
-The project will seem to be within the library’s capacity, given the resources outlined in application.
-The application must be complete and provide clear information in response to each section of the application form.

Grant Categories:

Information Access:

Arizona’s residents will have access to information in a variety of formats, tapping the capabilities of current and emerging technologies.

Information Access Grants should address these LSTA priorities:
-Establish or enhance electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services.
-Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks.

Examples of Information Access projects include access to ebooks; providing materials for the visually impaired or those with other disabilities; digitization of historical materials; outreach delivery; access through alternative technologies such as mobile hotspots, and electronic resource development.

Information Access Mini-Grant:

Collections And Programming (CAP) grants help to help libraries enhance materials for targeted audiences.

Informal Education:

Arizona’s residents of all ages will explore, experience, and expand their knowledge through libraries’ informal educational programs.

Informal Education Grants should address these LSTA priorities:
-Expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals' needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills.
-Target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills.
-Target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

Examples of Informal Education projects include early literacy STEM programs; digital literacy classes; creative aging workshops; school readiness; and reading programs.

Informal Education Mini-Grant:

STEAM in Your Library Mini-Grants grants are intended to enhance informal STEAM education for youth in your communities. Program ideas include STEAM camps, maker fairs, robotic clubs, coding programs, and early literacy STEAM programs. These programs can focus on the child or the parent, but all of them should include a parent education component. Projects may include collection materials and kits.

Inclusive Communities:

Arizona’s residents will find resources in libraries to engage with their communities, develop workforce skills, and learn life literacies such as parenting, health and finance regardless of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Inclusive Communities Grants should address these LSTA priorities:
-Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.
-Target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills.
-Target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

Examples of Inclusive Communities projects include job help programs; makerspaces; community conversation programs; community referral; and library “outposts”; and other programs targeting underserved communities or groups.

Inclusive Communities Mini-Grant:

AZ Community Reads mini-grants enable libraries to hold their own community read programs.

Institutional Improvements:

Arizona’s residents will receive excellent services from their libraries which will be enhanced by improvements to technology resources, staff skills, programs, and collections.

Institutional Improvements Grants should address these LSTA priorities:
-Provide training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services.
-Enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services.
-Establish or enhance electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services.

Examples of Institutional Improvements projects include consortium development and staff training programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134756

Estimated Size of Grant:

Although mini-grants are funded with fixed amounts, the general LSTA grants have no set minimums or maximums. The typical award ranges between $10,000 and $50,000.

Information Access Mini-Grant:
-Collections And Programming (CAP) grants are $4,000.

Informal Education Mini-Grant:
-STEAM in Your Library Mini-Grants are grants of $3,000.

Inclusive Communities Mini-Grant
-AZ Community Reads mini-grants provide $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be requested between May 18, 2018 and July 1, 2019.

2018 LSTA projects completed with funds fully encumbered by August 2, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive LSTA funds in Arizona, all libraries must meet the following criteria:
-Be open to the public at least 750 hours per year, with regular, posted hours.
-Provide core library services, such as borrowing privileges and computer use, free of charge to all residents within the library’s service area. A school or academic library may define its service area as its academic community.

In addition, LSTA-funded projects must directly serve the general public.

Academic Libraries
-Serve a public college or university.
-Agree to: 1. Provide materials to other Arizona public, regent, or community college members with postage charges capped at $6 per item; 2. Write and publish a detailed Resource Access and Attainment Policy, and provide an electronic copy to the Arizona State Library each time the policy is updated.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Public Libraries:
-Receive a minimum of 50 percent of funding from public sources OR be organized as a nonprofit.
-Agree to all the provisions in the Arizona State Library Resource Access and Attainment Policy found on http://www.azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding/lsta
-Submit to the State Library annual public library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.
-Demonstrate an ability to provide quality virtual information to library patrons.

School Libraries
-Serve a public or charter school in Arizona.
-Participate in resource sharing with other school libraries in the same school district.
-Be managed by a certificated school librarian.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Special Libraries
-Serve as a library for a governmental unit or non-profit organization.
-Upon library request, loan materials to Arizona libraries at no charge.
-Be managed by a librarian with an MLS or Arizona Library Practitioner Certification.
-Provide services to Arizona residents.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Tribal Libraries
-Be recognized and supported by a tribal government in Arizona.
-Submit to the State Library annual library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely
manner.
-Demonstrate an ability to provide quality virtual information to patrons.

The following costs are unallowable and may not be proposed as grant project costs:
-Bad debts
-Construction
-Contingencies
-Contributions and donations
-Entertainment / Performances
-Fines and penalties
-Food
-Gifts, models, souvenirs
-Interest and other financial costs
-Existing staff salaries and benefits
-Under recovery of costs under grant agreements (excess costs for one grant application is not chargeable to another grant application)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn About LSTA workshops and webinars scheduled for January 2018. For dates and times, please see:
https://www.azlibrary.gov/events/libdev

Visit https://www.azlibrary.gov/libdev/funding/lsta for links to presentation PDFs and tips for writing your application.

Applicants applying for an early learning project are invited to view the webinar at http://go.azsos.gov/fj7d, “Preparing to Apply for Early Literacy Grants”. The webinar focuses on MapLit which is an interactive tool developed by ReadOn partners to identify key data sets that impact early literacy outcomes in communities.

Pre-Application Information:

Local funds, whether in-kind or cash, are encouraged but not required. Documenting that LSTA leverages local funds is important to IMLS in justifying the program to Congress.

Contact the appropriate Library Development Consultant to review your project idea prior to applying.

It is required that the project contact for each 2018 LSTA funded project attend the Grant Recipients Workshop on May 18, 2018 from 9:00 AM to Noon (exact location in Phoenix area to be determined). In addition to important grants administration information, this workshop provides an excellent opportunity to meet Library Development staff and to network with other grant recipients. Be sure to include expenses for travel to this workshop in your grant budget, if needed.

Important Dates
-March 9, 2018: 2018 LSTA application electronically submitted and Certification postmarked
-May 1, 2018: Grant awards announced
-May 18, 2018: Grant funds available
-May 18, 2018: Grant recipients workshop or webinar
-August 2, 2019: 2018 LSTA projects completed; funds fully encumbered
-September 6, 2019: 2018 LSTA final reports due; funds fully expended

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To attend the January 12 webinar:
-Join the Meeting: https://azgov.webex.com/azgov/j.php?MTID=m87da64bb62e5982b599909b6a60f5a47
-Meeting number (access code): 805 290 400
-Meeting password: jHZh7qiq
-Join by phone: +1-240-454-0879 USA Toll

Online Application:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2234?SA=SNA&FID=35040

STEAM in Your Library mini grant application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WZ7XKQ

Collections and Programming mini grant application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FGSK7GM

AZ Community Reads mini grant application:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSPLQQ6

For questions regarding Information Access Grants, contact:
Mary Villegas, Tribal and Technology Consultant
602-542-6255
mvillegas@azlibrary.gov

For questions regarding Informal Education Grants, contact:
Donna Throckmorton, Library Services Consultant
602-542-6257
dthrockmorton@azlibrary.gov

For questions regarding Inclusive Communities Grants, contact:
Dale Savage, Continuing Education Consultant
602-542-6263
dsavage@azlibrary.gov

For questions regarding Institutional Improvements Grants, or to register for an in-person workshop:
Jaime Ball, Administrator
602-542-6266
jball@azlibrary.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona