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LSTA Summer Library Program Grant Program

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

Deadline Date:

11/13/17 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 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.

Cooperation: For public and school libraries that serve common audiences, development of a cooperative relationship and collaborative activities will be a requirement. Partnering with other agencies and businesses is often the key to attracting unserved audiences, promoting the library and its services, and enhancing community relationships. Partnerships with other libraries, schools, community agencies and businesses are highly encouraged.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:

-Training costs for volunteers

-Publicity, mailing, printing costs

-Special speakers and performers (limited to honoraria and expenses, and not for entertainment purposes but for educational, project-related purposes only.) A maximum of four educational and/or reading-related programs can be funded through LSTA. Programs that are not educational and/or reading in nature will not be funded. Libraries are encouraged to use a variety of performers from year to year in order to reach new audiences. LSTA funds cannot be used for the same presenter more than three consecutive years. Fees, honorarium, or stipend, including travel costs for each performer should be listed as a single line item in the application under Contractual Services. If the total for a single speaker or performer is $3,000 or more, a market analysis must be performed.

-Art and other programming supplies (for project-related programs).

-Collection development acquisitions to support the program theme.

-Costs for additional staff or staff hours specifically related to the project. For example, a library may use grant funds to pay an existing part-time employee for extra hours to implement the project, or a library with limited staff may hire a qualified individual at an hourly rate to plan and implement the project. Salaries for additional staff hours should be at the staff member’s current rate. Salaries for non-staff members should be in keeping with the library’s current pay scale. LSTA funds cannot be used to pay for overtime hours. Local funds must be used for any personnel paid overtime for work on the project. Costs to transport youth from school, day camp or licensed child care agency using bus or other valid student transportation service. Costs to transport youth from their homes to the library are not allowed.

-Staff mileage reimbursement is allowable for off-site or multi-branch projects providing anticipated travel is in excess of 300 miles for the grant period and activities cannot be performed during currently scheduled trips. Mileage reimbursement for application purposes is to be estimated at .37 per mile or your library’s designated rate whichever is less. Mileage will be paid at the Office of Secretary of State rate in effect at the time of the travel, or your library’s designated rate, whichever is less,

-Indirect costs at the federally negotiated rate for your institution, as supported by official documentation of the accepted negotiated rate, or 10% for institutions without a federally negotiated rate,

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164012

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $2,500; the maximum grant award is $20,000. Maximum funding levels are based on the population of the library service area for public libraries and the school district population for school districts.

-Population under 35,000: Maximum funding level is $15,000
-Population over 35,000: Maximum funding level is $20,000

Collection development acquisitions to support the program theme are eligible and limited to a maximum of $500 in LSTA funds per library branch and require a fifty percent (50%), dollar for dollar, local match.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from February 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018. All programs are to take place during the traditional summer library program months of mid-May through mid-August—outside your community’s regular school year—with the requirement that libraries conduct the summer program a minimum of eight weeks.

No grant funds may be encumbered or expended until the library has received the grant award packet, returned the grant acceptance form, and the grant period has started.

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.

Unallowable costs include, but are not limited to:
-Programs that are not educational and/or reading in nature
-Paying existing staff costs (i.e., using grant funds to pay for the hours a regular staff person spends on planning and implementing the programs)
-Paying higher wages to summer staff than the current library pay scale.
-Movie licensing
-Subscriptions, including subscription-based services
-Incentives, prizes or gifts
-Transportation for field trips
-Technology and software
-Library furniture

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Funds: Collection development acquisitions require a fifty percent (50%), dollar for dollar, local match. For example, a library system with two branches may request a total of $1,000 in LSTA matched by $1,000 in local funds. No other local match is required although it is encouraged.

To be eligible for review, grant applications must be postmarked by November 13, 2017.

Grant Program Timeline:
-November 13, 2017: Applications due (postmark date)
-January 18, 2018: Approximate Grant Award Announcement Date
-January 25, 2018: Grant management session
-February 1, 2018: Beginning date of grant period
-May 1, 2018: Interim report due to State Library
-August 15, 2018: Ending date of grant period; all funds must be encumbered
-September 14, 2018: Final report due to State Library; all funds should be spent

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

Mail the completed grant application to:

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

For further information, contact:

Shay Young, LSTA Grants Officer

Becky Wilson, Public Library Services Consultant
573-522-9564 or (in Missouri) 800-325-0131

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri