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Technology Ladder Grant

Grants to Missouri Public Libraries for
Technology Updates and Website Redesign

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Missouri State Library - Office of the Secretary of State

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to Missouri public libraries for website redesign, technology updates, or technology replacements. Funding is intended for new hardware and software, with priority given to improvements in access for persons with disabilities, installing new wireless systems, and creating a new library website.

Grant Priorities

High priority will be given to libraries:
- At risk of imminent failure of the library’s network
- Replacing software systems that are no longer supported
- 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
- Creating a library website for the first time

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:
- Website design or redesign
- 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
- Grantees requesting funds for indirect costs at the federally negotiated rate for the institution are required to submit official documentation of the accepted negotiated rate. (10% of LSTA cost is the default)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184917

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum amount to request is $5,000
- Maximum amount is $40,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant opportunity is only open to public libraries certified to receive state aid.

Common unallowable costs include:
- Office equipment, such as faxes and telephones
- Refurbished computers/technology
- eCommerce and coin-op devices
- RFID tags
- Staff travel
- 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:

- Application Due: February 1, 2019
- Approximate Award Announcement: April 15, 2019
- Grant Management Session: April 30, 2019

A local match ranging from 25% to 60% is required if certain benchmarks are met. See RFP for full details.

This grant will be paid in three parts: a first payment of 35% of the award may be requested when the grant period starts, a second payment of 35% of the award with the expected disbursement within 30 to 45 days of receipt of those funds, and a final payment, not to exceed the remaining 30% of the award, may be requested with the final report. Libraries must be sure the institution has the financial means to cover the costs associated with the grant project, until the time at which it is reimbursed.

Contact Information:

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

Please direct grant program questions to:

Regina Anderson
(573) 526-6734

Jennifer Thompson
(573) 751-1822

Applications must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Missouri State Library by e-mail, fax, or mail:

E-mail the completed grant application to, or
Fax the completed grant application to (573) 751-3612, or

Mail completed application form to:
Regina Anderson, Grants Officer
Technology Ladder Grant Application
Missouri State Library
600 West Main Street
P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City MO 65102-0387

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri