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Technology Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Missouri Public Libraries for Equipment
and Software to Improve Network Infrastructure

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Missouri State Library (MOSL) - Office of the Secretary of State

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $18,000 to Missouri public libraries to purchase automation and technology related equipment, software, and hardware for the purposes of improving network infrastructures. Funding may be used to purchase new equipment and replace older equipment in order to enhance library services.

Highest priority will be given to libraries:
- At risk of imminent failure of the library’s network
- Replacing software systems that are no longer supported, and/or
- Implementing a project identified through the Edge Assessment Program.
- That have a website that is actively maintained and includes a link to the TumbleBookLibrary Deluxe resource.
- If a REAL Program member, the library’s website must also link to EBSCO, HeritageQuest and Learning Express Library

Priority will also be given to libraries:
- Installing systems to manage public access to workstations or printing
- Installing wireless access equipment with built-in report capabilities
- Replacing or updating computer training labs
- Improving access to library materials to persons with disabilities
- Adding mid-range computers that can be reserved for extended periods of time (minimum of three hours) for use by patrons taking job-related training, online courses, or required certification testing

Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Computers, printers, and peripherals for staff or public use, request in the Technology and Supplies Category if per
unit cost is under $5,000, request in the Equipment Category if $5,000 or higher per unit cost
- Network equipment, such as servers
- Network, operating, time and print management, assistive, and office software, request in the Services and Software Category
- Specialized technology for public use, such as early literacy stations, assistive devices, digital reader/printers, or self-checkout stations, request in the Technology and Supplies Category if under $5,000 per unit cost or in the Equipment Category if $5,000 or higher per unit cost
- Furniture for handicapped-accessible workstations
- Publicity for the project including paid advertisements, mailing and printing costs
- One-time services such as wiring, training, and installation charges including travel costs. When the total cost for a service is $3,000 or more, a cost comparison is required.
- Costs for temporary or additional hours for part-time staff to plan and implement the project or for training purposes
- Indirect costs at the federally negotiated rate for your institution (10% of LSTA cost is the default)

The Technology and Software budget category includes items such as desktops, laptops, software licenses, and tablets. Peripherals, such as keyboards and mice, and STEM programming support items, such as robotics and coding kits, should be requested in the Supplies category and do not require a match.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177480

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount that may be requested is $18,000; the minimum amount is $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The project should be able to be completed, including appropriate evaluation measures, within a five-month timeframe.

The grant period is March 1, 2019 to August 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is open to public libraries certified to receive state aid. Academic, school, and special libraries are not eligible.

Unallowable expenses include, but are not limited to:
-Office equipment, such as faxes and telephones
-Refurbished computers/technology
- eCommerce and coin-op devices
- Website design or redesign
- RFID Tags
- Security gates
- Electronic signage of a general nature.
- Remodeling and construction costs
- Paying staff costs for regular work hours
- Equipment and technology for new facilities that are less than 80% complete at the time of application
- General supplies such as printer paper, ink cartridges, or toner

Pre-Application Information:

A twenty-five percent (25%) match is required for the Equipment and Technology and Software budget categories for items with warranties up to three years. Match requirements for items with bundled warranties in excess of three years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A fifty percent (50%) match is required for individual pieces of equipment $10,000 or higher.

The application deadline is January 4, 2019 (emailed, faxed, postmarked or hand-delivered).

Grant Program Timeline:
-January 4, 2019: Applications due
-February 15, 2019: Approximate announcement of awards
-February 26, 2019: Grant Management Session (tentative)
-March 1, 2019: Estimated beginning date of grant period
-August 15, 2019: Ending date of grant period; all funds must be encumbered
-September 15, 2019: 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

Or mail the completed grant application to:
Regina Anderson, Grants Officer
Technology Mini Grant Application
Missouri State Library
600 West Main Street, P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387

Program contact:

Jennifer Thompson, Technology and Resource Sharing Consultant

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri