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Summer Library Program Grant

Grants to Missouri Public and School Libraries
for Out-of-School Literacy Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Missouri State Library - Office of the Secretary of State

Deadline Date:

11/16/18 Postmarked


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Grants starting from $2,500 to Missouri public and school libraries to enhance summer literacy programs for people of all ages that promote an informed and educated citizenry. This grant is intended to provide children, youth, and adults with opportunities to improve their literacy skills; reach underserved populations during the summer; and enrich summer learning experiences.

The Summer Library Program Grant will be a very competitive program. It provides an exceptional opportunity for libraries to obtain funding for innovative and creative approaches that result in more children, teens and adults reading throughout the summer months. Applicants are encouraged to provide well-conceived and well-planned program descriptions. The ultimate goal of the program must be to encourage reading.

Grants will be awarded for projects which engage people of all ages with reading and with the library. Priority will be given to collaborative programs that support literacy development.

Target Audiences include:
-Children, ages 6-12
-Non/limited English Speaking Persons
-People with Special Needs
-Preschool Children, ages 0-5
-Young Adults and Teens, ages 13-18

Allowable costs include:
-Up to 3 educational presenters. All travel for your presenter(s) must be included as part of a flat rate fee. When a presenter exceeds $2,999, a cost comparison is required (See Section 3 under Budget Details).
-Library materials for collection development, limited to a maximum of $500 per building, with a maximum of $2,500 of LSTA support per library district or school district.
-Training costs for volunteers
-Publicity, mailing, printing costs
-Craft and activity supplies for project-related programs
-Costs for temporary or additional hours for part-time staff to plan and implement the program
-Costs to transport youth from school, day camp or licensed child care agency using valid student transportation service
-Indirect costs at the federally negotiated rate for your institution (10% is default)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164012

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $2,500 / Maximum amount is based on library service area for public libraries and the school district population for school districts

-Population under 15,000: Maximum funding level is $7,000
-Population 15,000 - 35,000: Maximum funding level $10,000
-Population 35,000 to 85,000: Maximum funding level: $13,000
-Population 85,000 and over: Maximum funding level is $16,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from February 1, 2019 to August 16, 2019. All programs must be a minimum of eight weeks and are to take place during the traditional summer library program months of mid May through mid-August—outside your community’s regular school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is open to all public libraries that receive state aid. School libraries are eligible to apply for this grant if located in a community where access to a public library summer library program is not possible.

Common unallowable costs include:
-Presenters that are not educational in nature
-Paying higher wages to summer staff than the current library pay scale.
-Movie licensing or other subscription-based services
-Incentives, prizes or gifts
-Refreshments and decorations
-Staff mileage reimbursement

Do not place any orders or sign any contracts prior to the start of the grant period or they will be considered pre-award costs and WILL NOT be reimbursed. The only exceptions are FULLY refundable costs, which remain LSTA eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Timeline:
-Application Due: November 16, 2018
-Approximate Award Announcement: January 18, 2019
-Grant Management Session: January 29, 2019
-Grant Period: February 1, 2019-August 16, 2019

This grant will be paid in two parts: a first payment of 50% of the award may be requested when the grant period starts and a final payment, not to exceed 50% of the award, may be requested with the final report. Libraries must be sure the institution has the financial means to cover the costs associated with the grant project, until the time at which it is reimbursed.

Contact Information:

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

Email the completed grant application to:

Or, fax the completed grant application to:
(573) 751-3612

Or, Mail the completed grant application to:

Regina Anderson, LSTA Grants Officer
Summer Library Program Grant Application
Missouri State Library
600 West Main Street, P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387

Please direct grant program questions to:

Regina Anderson or
(573) 526-6734

Becky Wilson
(573) 522-9564

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri