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Grants to Missouri Public and School Libraries to
Provide Seasonal Programming for Local Residents

Summer Library Program Grant

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Missouri public libraries and school libraries to provide seasonal programming for adults, teenagers, and children. Projects that involve school and public library partnerships, projects that target at-risk and underserved audiences, and projects with major outreach components will receive priority consideration. Funding is intended to support programs that encourage reading throughout the summer.

This grant allows public and eligible school libraries to apply for funds to:

  • Create new or enhance current summer library programs for children, teens, and adults to improve their reading skills
  • Enrich summer learning experiences
  • And increase opportunities to reach unserved summer populations

Many libraries use the grant to request funding for authors, skilled artisans, storytellers, and other educational presenters.  This year, libraries can request LSTA funding for up to 3 reading-related programs, which should all be educational in nature. Virtual presentations are eligible. Libraries should work to reach new audiences, particularly underserved audiences, as well as to expand programs and projects. This grant requires libraries to hold at least an 8-week program, though many libraries choose to hold 10 or 12-week programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164012

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding level for this grant is population-based, with a:
- Population of 85,000 or greater the maximum award is $20,000
- Population of 35,000-84,999 the maximum award is $15,000
- Population of 34,999 or less the maximum award is $10,000

Library materials have a maximum of $1,500 per library district.

Term of Contract:

- February 1, 2022 - Start date for grant period
- August 15, 2022 - Ending date of grant period

February through April are meant to be planning months. Then the program would be implemented between May and August.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Missouri public libraries who receive FY2022 state aid are eligible to apply for a Summer Library Program grant.

School libraries may also apply, if they are located in a community where access to a public library program is not available.

Highest priority will be given to applicants that have never received a Summer Library Program Grant from the Missouri State Library.

Programs that are not educational or reading related will not receive funding from the grant. Programs with a primary purpose of drawing a crowd are not LSTA-eligible. LSTA funds should not be used to book the same presenter, year after year. Prizes, incentives, and food are unallowable costs

Pre-Application Information:

- December 1, 2022 - Applications due
- Mid-January 2022 - Approximate Award Announcement
- January 25, 2022 - Grant management session
- February 1, 2022 - Start date for grant period
- May 1, 2022 – Interim report due
- August 15, 2022 – Ending date of grant period
- September 15, 2022 – Final report due

The Summer Library Program grant is paid in two installments. You should not request first payment until you actually start encumbering those funds, you must begin spending the grant funds within 45 days from the date of receipt of those funds, and you have had your survey tool(s) reviewed and approved by State Library staff. The final payment request is submitted with your final report, after all expenses are known and the program has ended.

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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Contact Information:

Lysha Thompson, Youth Services Consultant
Telephone: 573-522-9564

Terry V. Blauvelt, Grants Officer
Telephone: 417-895-6670

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