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Grants to Florida Library Cooperatives to
Increase Information Sharing Efficiency

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Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services

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05/11/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Florida library cooperatives to improve library services throughout the state. Funding is intended for activities that increase the efficiency of information sharing between state library systems. Funding is intended for services, related professional training programs, and other resource sharing activities.

The State of Florida’s priority for use of library cooperative grants and local matching funds is for the purpose of sharing library resources between members of the Florida Library Information Network (FLIN). Library Cooperative Grants and local matching funds must be expended on resource sharing activities and related training, providing services to all FLIN member libraries, and other resource sharing activities as identified in the cooperative’s long-range plan and annual plan of service.

Examples of resource sharing activities include bibliographic record enhancement, statewide delivery service support, union catalog support and development, reciprocal borrowing, cooperative cataloging, cooperative reference services, cooperative collection development, digitization, and implementation of or support for innovation in the use of technologies related to resource sharing. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174580

Estimated Size of Grant:

The administrative unit of a library cooperative is eligible to receive an annual grant from the state of not more than $400,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period shall begin on July 1, 2020 and end on September 30, 2021. The Grantee shall only obligate or expend any grant or matching funds during the project period. All grant and matching funds must be paid out by the project ending date of September 30 2021. No costs incurred after the ending date of the project period shall be allowed unless specifically authorized by the Division.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The administrative unit of a library cooperative is eligible to receive an annual grant.

Geography, rather than cooperative membership, shall be used as the basis for delivering resource sharing services to FLIN member libraries.

For additional geographic considerations, see

Grant funds may not be used for construction, food or other expenditures not allowable under Florida Statutes. Grant funds may not be used on activities that are not resource sharing or bibliographic record enhancement or that are not in alignment with the Library Cooperative Grant Program priorities or the grant application and Change Requests included in the grant agreement.

Pre-Application Information:


- February 2020 Announcement of application availability in Florida Administrative Register and via email.
- March – May 2020 Division staff assistance and consultation available to applicants.
- May 11, 2020 Applications due. Applications must be submitted on the DOS Grants System at on or before this date.
- May – June 2020 Application review and project revision.
- July 1, 2020 Project begins
- September 15, 2020 Annual Plan of Service and Expenditure is due on or before this date. The Annual Plan of Service and Expenditure must be submitted on the DOS Grants System at
- July 1, 2020 Notification of Grant Award and grant agreement sent to grantees.
- January 30, 2021 Mid-Year reports due for FY2020-2021projects. Mid-Year reports must be submitted on the DOS Grants System at
- September 30, 2021 Project ending date. All grant and local matching funds must be expended by this date.
- December 1, 2021 Final Reports due for FY 2020-2021 projects. Annual Reports must be submitted on the DOS Grants System at

In accordance with section 257.42, Florida Statutes, the administrative unit of a multitype library cooperative is eligible to receive an annual grant as specified in law and must provide local cash matching funds equal to ten percent (10%) of the grant award.

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

To apply online through the DOS Grants System:

Contact Grants Staff:
850.245.6630 Voice
850.245.6643 Fax
850.922.4085 TDD

Florida Department of State
Division of Library and Information Services
R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

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