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Arizona Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant

Grants to Arizona Public and School Libraries
for a Broad Range of Projects and Services

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

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03/05/21 Postmarked and Electronic Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona public, academic, school, special, and tribal libraries to support a broad range of programs and services. Applicants must discuss their project with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support new pilot projects, programs already in progress, and ongoing projects in the areas of information access, inclusive communities, informal education, and institutional improvements.

Grant opportunities:

  • General Grants
    • Information Access - Arizona’s residents will have access to information in a
      variety of formats, tapping the capabilities of current and
      emerging technologies.
    • Informal Education - Arizona’s residents of all ages will explore, experience, and expand their knowledge through libraries’ informal educational programs.
    • Inclusive Communities - Arizona’s residents of all ages will explore, experience, and expand their knowledge through libraries’ informal
      educational 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

More information about General Grants:

  • LSTA Mini-Grants:
    • Moving Forward Mini-Grants: Recognizing that libraries are continually rising to the occasion, providing over the top service and “going above and beyond,” these $4000 mini-grants support creative services in response to changing community needs. 
    • Collections and Programming (CAP): awards to help libraries enhance materials for targeted audiences. CAP grant funds may be used only for library collection materials and instructor/presenter fees.
    • Citizen Science: awards to help bring data-driven, science-based programming to the community with the assistance of simple, convenient, and ready-to-use kits. 
    • Staff Development: to help library systems pay for top quality presenters for their all-staff development days.
    • Wi-Fi Expansion: Library wireless networks can be lifelines for communities even when the building is closed to the public. This $4000 mini-grant to support the Institutional Improvements goal will provide funding for extending, upgrading, and assessing library wireless networks
    • Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending: A wi-fi hotspot is an area where users can access the internet from a small device with a cell phone data plan. 

More information about Mini-Grants can be seen here:

For a list of allowable costs, please see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134756

Estimated Size of Grant:

General LSTA grants have no set minimums or maximums. The typical award ranges between $10,000 and $50,000. Mini-grant opportunities are awards under $5,000 with pre-set funding limits, activities and outcomes.

-Collections And Programming (CAP): $4,000.
-Citizen Science: $3,000.
-Law4AZ: $3000
-Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending: $4,000
-Staff Development: $4,000

Term of Contract:

- August 5, 2022 2021 LSTA projects completed; funds fully encumbered
- September 2, 2022 2021 LSTA final reports due; funds fully expended

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive LSTA funds in Arizona, all libraries must meet the following criteria:
- Be open on an established schedule with regular posted hours in which services of trained staff are available to the public.
- Provide access to an organized collection of printed or other library materials, or a combination thereof, 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.
- Ensure that at least one activity of an LSTA-funded project directly serves the general public.

Academic Libraries
- Serve a public college or university.
- 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.
- Adhere to any requirements specified in the Arizona Revised Statutes, including but not limited to ARS 9-411 through 9-420 (Cities and Towns/Public Libraries); ARS 11-901 through 11-914 (Counties/Public Libraries); and ARS 34-502 (Computer Access/Harmful to Minors).
- Submit to the State Library annual public library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate, and timely manner.

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.

The following costs are unallowable and may not be proposed as grant project costs:
- Apparel
- 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)

LSTA grants should fund project 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
- Vehicles and trailers
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

LSTA Grants Application Presentation

Join Stacy Nykorchuk, Arizona State Library Grants Coordinator, for an informational overview of what you need to know to apply for the 2021 LSTA Grants. We'll explore what's new, refresh ...

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Online



Pre-Application Information:

Contact a Library Development Consultant to discuss your project. Links to the online LSTA 2021 grant applications will be available in January 2021.

Important Dates
- March 5, 2021: LSTA application electronically submitted and Certification postmarked
- May 3, 2021: Grant awards announced
- May 14, 2021: Grant funds available
- May 14, 2021 Grant recipients workshop or webinar

Local funds, whether in-kind or cash, are required. The amount of match may vary; it does not have to be 1:1. The match must be allowable under LSTA and specifically allocable to the project.

Libraries are encouraged but not required to partner with other organizations when applying for LSTA funds.

Video: "Preparing to Apply for Early Literacy Grants":

Webinar Recording:

Contact Information:

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

Library Development Consultants:

Links to the online applications:

- General LSTA Grant:
- Moving Forward Mini-Grant:
- CAP Mini-Grant:
- Citizen Science Mini-Grant:
- Staff Development Day Mini-Grant:
- WiFi Expansion Mini-Grant:
- WiFi Hotspot Lending Mini-Grant:

For questions regarding Information Access Grants and the CAP mini-grant, contact:
Mary Villegas, Tribal and Technology Consultant

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

For questions regarding General Inclusive Communities Grants and Staff Development mini-grants, contact:
Ann Marie Creegan

For questions regarding Citizen Science mini-grants, contact:
Chris Guerra

For questions regarding Law4AZ mini-grants, contact:
Jaime Ball

For questions regarding Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending mini-grants, contact:
Nicole Umayam
602-542- 6271

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