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Summer Reading and Learning Program Grants

Grants to South Carolina Libraries for Summer Learning
and Reading Activities for Children and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and South Carolina State Library (SCSL)

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to South Carolina libraries for programs to encourage reading and learning related activities during the summer vacation. Funding is intended to support activities and programming for children, young adults, and/or adults, and may be used for books, supplies, equipment, promotional materials, and performances. The CSLPtheme for summer 2019 is A Universe of Stories. Applicants may want to use the CSLP theme in their activities.

Funding is offered to entice children and young adults to read throughout the summer in order to keep up the skills they learned during the school year, encouraging them to become lifelong library users. Activities funded by this grant must target one or more age groups: Children age 0-5, Children age 6-11, Teens age 12-18, Adults, or All Ages.

Project Goals:

- Increase community participation of all ages in Summer Reading and Learning Programs.
- Incorporate educational partners.
- Increase library’s marketing and promotion to raise awareness of the relationship between reading and learning activities in the summer and academic achievement.
- Provide informative evaluation and accurate documentation of participation in summer reading activities including summer-long, regular data entry.
- Increase reading and learning activities in general.

Libraries are strongly encouraged to invite educational partners to help with their project. Libraries that do so may apply for additional grant funds. An “educational partner” is a local professional or group who enriches programs or with whom the library can build a beneficial relationship. (Most community partners will work with libraries on a volunteer basis.)

For a list of partner ideas, as well as a list of eligible expenses, see the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179629

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award that will be made to a library is $1,000.

- Libraries that incorporate interactive/hands-on summer learning into their grant project may apply for a base award of up to $850.
- If the applicant uses an educational partner from the community for their grant project, such as a 4-H club, science teacher, college professor, robotics club, park system, theatre company, etc, they may apply for an additional $150.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Summer Reading Grant program provides funding for summer reading at South Carolina libraries.

Not eligible for LSTA grant funds purchase or reimbursement:

- Refreshments for staff or program participants;
- Staff wages or benefits;
- Travel for library staff or patrons;
- Technology;
- Giveaway items such as awards, prizes, or medals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Training Opportunities Provided by the State Library:

Staff are encouraged to attend the ReadSquared training sessions offered regionally in Spring 2019. Training dates will be announced via email.

Continuing Education opportunities are regularly offered at the State Library on topics including basic youth services, programming, customer service, leadership, and best practices. Library staff are expected to stay current with trends and issues in order to best serve their communities.

One-on-one and group workshop assistance is available for writing the grant and creating the budget. Contact Wendy Coplen (See Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due by January 31st, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Email your application to Wendy Coplen (preferred), or mail or hand-deliver one copy to the LSTA Coordinator, South Carolina State Library.

Applications will be reviewed and approved awards will be made on an ongoing basis.

Contact Wendy Coplen or Rebecca Antill if you have any questions about partnerships or performers.

The library must provide a match for the grant (for a $1,000 grant the minimum match is $515, and for an $850 grant the minimum match is $430). Contact Wendy Coplen if you think you will have a problem meeting the match requirement.

Grant awards provide reimbursement to the County for qualifying expenditures.

For ideas on incorporating the A Universe of Stories theme:

Contact Information:

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

To submit the application:

Send via email (preferred) to:

Wendy Coplen

Or mail or hand-deliver to:

LSTA Coordinator
South Carolina State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201

Contact Information:

Rebecca Antill

Contact Rebecca Antill (803-734-8484) or Tiffany Hayes (803-545-4206) with any training questions.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina