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2019 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants

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

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

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03/08/19 Postmarked and Electronic Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 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 intended for projects that are likely to make a significant, sustainable difference in the community, now or in the future.

Grant Categories:

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

-Information Access Mini-Grant: Collections And Programming (CAP) grants help to help libraries enhance materials for targeted audiences.

-Informal Education Grant: Arizona’s residents of all ages will explore, experience, and expand their knowledge through libraries’ informal educational 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 Grant: 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.

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

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.

Term of Contract:

2019 LSTA projects completed with funds fully encumbered by August 3, 2020.

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
-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
-Demonstrate an ability to provide quality virtual information to patrons.

The following costs are unallowable and may not be proposed as grant project costs:
- Apparel
-Bad debts
-Contributions and donations
-Entertainment / Performances
-Fines and penalties
-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)

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Get started on your LSTA 2019 grant by attending a Learn About LSTA Grants workshop or webinar. Jaime Ball, Library Development Administrator for the Arizona State Library, will offer guidelines and tips for writing an acceptable Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant. During the face-to-face workshops in Phoenix and Tucson, participants will actually begin the grant application process.

Tuscon Workshop
- Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
- Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Location: Pima County Public Library - Quincie Douglas - 1585 E 36th St.
- Categories: Training


- Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
- Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
- Location - online
- Categories: Training


Phoenix Workshop
- Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
- Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Location: Arizona Library Services Center(Arizona Records Management) - 1919 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 850
- Categories: Training


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.

Important Dates
-March 8, 2019: 2019 LSTA application electronically submitted and Certification postmarked
-May 3, 2019: Grant awards announced
-May 17, 2018: Grant funds available
-May 17, 2018: Grant recipients workshop or webinar
-August 3, 2020: 2019 LSTA projects completed; funds fully encumbered
-September 4, 2020: 2019 LSTA final reports due; funds fully expended

Additional grant information:

Funding information:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

CAP Mini-Grant appliction:

STEAM Mini-Grant application

For questions regarding Information Access Grants, contact:
Mary Villegas, Tribal and Technology Consultant

For questions regarding Informal Education Grants, contact:
Donna Throckmorton, Library Services Consultant

For questions regarding Inclusive Communities Grants, contact:
Jaime Ball

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona