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Spotlight on Literacy Grant

Grants to Missouri Public and School Libraries
for Literacy Programming for All Ages

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Missouri State Library - Office of the Secretary of State

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to Missouri public, school, and academic libraries for new or expanded library programs for all ages. Funding is intended for programs to improve literacy in local communities, particularly for high-risk populations. Priority is given to programs with a focus on workforce development.

This is a programming grant. Libraries can apply for funds to create new, or enhance current programs, to serve patrons of all ages. Choose a single target audience, as well as a literacy area to address, such as early literacy, digital literacy, STEM literacy, health literacy, financial literacy, civic literacy, cultural literacy, career literacy, etc. This grant requires libraries to collaborate and to build new community partnerships to better serve the target audience, so consider which organizations and groups in your community have the same goal to improve literacy skills for your targeted audience. Libraries may apply for up to three grants per grant period, if the projects address different literacies and audiences.

Grant Priorities:

Highest priority will be given to projects involving the following:
- Projects involving high-risk populations.
- Innovative projects that can be used as models for other libraries
- Projects involving workforce or job skills development.

Allowable Expenses Are Limited To:
- Equipment: Hardware with a single unit cost of $5,000 or higher and essential to the project.
- Personnel: For additional part-time staff hours. Expenses can include taxes and benefits. All salaries and wages must match the library’s current pay scale.
- Services and Software: Educational trainers and presenters (all travel costs must be included in the presenter fee), printing services, advertising fees, valid student transportation, etc.
- Technology and Supplies: Craft supplies, program supplies, STEM supplies such as robotics kits, small technology such as tablets, mailing supplies, and printing supplies. Libraries may estimate their craft supplies at $1 per person, per event, and we do not need a detailed list of craft supplies. Library materials may be requested in this category. These are items that circulate and support the program, up to $500 per branch/building, with a maximum of $2,500 per district.
- Indirect Cost Rate: 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184918

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Number of Grants:

3 Spotlight grants per period

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum amount to request is $2,500
- Maximum amount is $20,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant opportunity is open to public libraries certified to receive state aid and those libraries meeting the definitions of school and academic as defined in the Missouri Five-Year State Plan 2018-2022.

Projects whose sole or primary purpose is to request funding for equipment, technology, software or collections without a complementary program are ineligible.

Some common unallowable costs include: Food, drinks, prizes, gifts, incentives, decorations, furniture, refurbished technology, staff travel, and movie and database licensing or subscription fees.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides a D‐U‐N‐S number (Data Universal Numbering System), a unique nine digit identification number, for each physical location of a business (library). To see if the library already has a DUNS number go to

To request a new DUNS number online, go to the Dun & Bradstreet website at A DUNS number can also be requested by calling 1‐866‐705‐5711.

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

There are 3 payments for this grant, so make sure your library has the ability to cover all grant expenses until the time at which they are reimbursed.
- Libraries can request the first payment (35%) as soon as the grant period begins, as long as they will start spending funds within 45 days. Some libraries wait to submit their first payment request with the interim report, which is also acceptable.
- The second payment (35%) can be requested with your first or second interim report, as long as you will begin spending out those funds within 45 days.
- The final payment (30%) is made only after the final report has been reviewed and approved.

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, Grants Officer
Telephone: 573-526-6734
E-mail :

Becky Wilson, Public Library Services Consultant
Telephone: 573-522-9564 or (in Missouri) 800-325-0131
E-mail :

Jennifer Thompson, Technology and Resource Sharing Consultant
Telephone: 573-751-1822 or (in Missouri) 800-325-0131
E-mail :

Lisa Stock, Adult Services Consultant
Telephone: 573-526-1087 or (in Missouri) 800-325-0131
E-mail :

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