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Grants to Utah Libraries for
Innovative Community Benefit Projects

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Utah State Library (USL)

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12/06/19 12:00 PM MDT


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Grants to Utah libraries for innovative community benefit projects. A pre-grant application is required prior to submission of a full application. Funding is intended to foster the development of libraries as community builders. Funding may be used to facilitate access to, and sharing of, resources; to promote improvements in services to all types of libraries; and to achieve economical and effective delivery of service for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry.

In addition, LSTA funds are targeted for statewide library services and support a wide array of programs from literacy to providing broad access to databases. This program develops the role of libraries as “information brokers,” helping to make resources and services, which are often prohibitively expensive, more readily available. LSTA also supports efforts to educate the current and future library workforce in Utah.

Grant projects must fit into at least one of the goals stated in USL’s LSTA five year plan 2018-2022.

  • Goal 1: Information Access
  • Goal 2: Institutional Capacity
  • Goal 3: Lifelong Learning
  • Goal 4: Civic Engagement

For information about allowable costs, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 155332

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive LSTA funds from Utah State Library, all applicant libraries must meet the following criteria:
1. 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.
2. Have sufficient staffing ability and fiscal capability to successfully implement, complete, and evaluate the results of the project.

Additional eligibility criteria:

Public Libraries:
1. Be fully or provisionally certified under the current Standards for Utah Public Libraries
2. Have an ongoing line item budget for library materials.
3. Meet Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirement
4. Provide an accessible and organized collection to the library’s client population
5. Employ a librarian who has an MLS degree, has completed, or is enrolled in the UPLIFT Basic Certification program, and serves as/works directly with the Project Director for LSTA Grants

Academic Libraries:
1. Serve a public college or university located in Utah
2. Be a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC)
3. Provide public access to its collection
4. Participate in Interlibrary loan resource-sharing services to libraries in Utah

Public and Charter School Libraries:
1. Meet the definition of a school library: a dedicated facility in the school building (or a nearby district-operated facility) that provides access during school hours to a collection of print, nonprint, electronic, and internet-based materials, with instruction that enhances students’ research and literacy skills
2. Serve a public or charter school in Utah
3. Have a board-approved district or building-level collection development policy
4. Have Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) certification
5. Have an ongoing line item budget for library materials
6. Use LSTA funds to strengthen the school library, not classroom resources
7. A certificated library media teacher within the district must be directly involved in the administration, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of the LSTA grant

Institutional Libraries:
1. An institution must receive 50% or more of its operating funds from a State of Utah agency
2. Have an organized collection and materials budget
3. Provide services to Utah residents
4. Employ a librarian who has an MLS degree, has completed, or is enrolled in the UPLIFT Basic Certification program, and serves as/works directly with the Project Director for LSTA Grants

Special Libraries:
1. Serve as a library for a governmental unit or non-profit organization
2. Provide services to Utah residents
3. Employ a librarian who has an MLS degree, has completed, or is enrolled in the UPLIFT Basic Certification program, and serves as/works directly with the Project Director for LSTA Grants

Tribal Libraries:
1. Be recognized and supported by a tribal government in Utah
2. Demonstrate an ability to provide quality information to patrons

Library Consortia
Eligible consortia may be a formally established consortium, or a conditional consortium of libraries, school districts, or school library media centers, all of whose members meet the eligibility criteria above and have designated one Project Manager and Fiscal Officer by whom the contract will be signed for the group. The application must be submitted by one library, school district or educational service center on behalf of the consortium. The applying library, school district or educational service center shall serve as the administrative and fiscal agent for the grant.

Research and Private Libraries:
These libraries must be certified as eligible by the Utah State Library Board based on the requirements:
1. The library employs a formally trained librarian with a master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program, Library Media Endorsement, or has completed or is enrolled in the UPLIFT Basic Certification program
2. Must make publicly available library services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise available to the public, and
3. The library is not an integral part of an institution of higher learning

For unallowable costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an LSTA Pre-Grant Application Training Webinar on Thursday, September 5, 2019, between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM MDT. The webinar will be recorded for viewing after the event.

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There will be an LSTA Grant Application Training Webinar on Tue, October 22, 2019, between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM MDT.

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Pre-Application Information:

- September 3, 2019: Pre-Grant Applications Open
- September 5, 2019: Pre-Grant Application Webinar
- October 11, 2019: Pre-Grant Applications Close at 12 PM MDT
- October 21, 2019: Full Application Opens
- October 21, 2019: Contact Reviewers
- October 22, 2019: Full Application Webinar
- December 6, 2019: Full Applications Close at 12 PM MDT
- December 9-13, 2019: Eligibility Review
- January 6-24, 2020: Panel Review
- January 22, 2020: Panel Review Meeting
- February 3, 2020: Funded Projects Announced
- February 6, 2020: Administrative Requirements Webinar for Grantees
- February 14, 2020: Signed Contracts Due
- February 14, 2020: LSTA Funds Available
- April 1, 2020: 1st Interim Report Due
- June 15, 2020: 2nd Interim Report Due
- August 1, 2020: Last Day to Spend LSTA Funds
- October 1, 2020: Final Report Due

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Contact Information:

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

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For questions, contact:
Rachel Cook
801-715-6722 or 800-662-9150 (Utah Toll-Free)

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