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LSTA Improving Access to Information Grant Program

Grants to Michigan Eligible Libraries for
Initiatives that Benefit Local Residents

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Library of Michigan - Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

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Deadline Date:

06/19/20 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Michigan eligible libraries for projects and collections that benefit local communities. Funding is intended for technological advancements that promote equity and strengthen the ability of libraries to offer collections and information related to literacy and local history. Priority funding is given for public and academic libraries to improve or develop new services to target populations, such as people from diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and individuals with limited functional literacy, limited English proficiency or limited information literacy skills.

Applicants may propose a project for any of the following three priorities:

  • Improve access to services & information in areas of literacy.
  • Improve access to services & information in areas of local history or special collections.
  • Improve access to information for community users with limited online access, e.g. improving equity through digital inclusion.


  • Literacy projects that improve community literacy for a range of topics, such as early literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, English as a second language (ESL), health literacy, etc. Examples are supporting programming in a community group like a teen center, creating a pop-up library collection that supports an identified local need, etc. 
  • Local history or special collections projects that engage local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Examples are preservation and promotion of an existing collection, collaborating with a local museum to bring together a themed collection, etc.  
  • Access to Information projects that focus on digital inclusion, meaning increasing or improving services for users with limited online access. Examples are hot spot lending programs, support for technology training, using assistive devices with disabled patrons, etc.

For information about the broad priorities of the LSTA program, see:

Grant proposals that focus on local history and special collections may focus on one or more of the following three areas:

  1. Digitization of local and/or special collections; or
  2. Preservation of one-of-a-kind collections; or
  3. Assessment and preservation planning for special collections, either physical or digital.

For additional information about digitization proposals, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187846

Number of Grants:

A limited number of grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is for $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is one year (October - September).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Michigan public and academic libraries are eligible to apply. Public libraries must be legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Library of Michigan.

In order to be eligible, a library must:
1. Have one or more paid library staff;
2. Have a regular schedule of library service;
3. Have a dedicated facility for library purposes;
4. Have an annual budget with funds reserved for library materials and services;
5. Have a record of multi-type library cooperation, evidenced by activities such as union listing of
holdings, reciprocal borrowing or interlibrary loan; and,
6. If a "public library,” be "lawfully established" for purposes of the State Aid to Public Libraries Act and meet all eligibility requirements for receiving state aid.

Newspaper digitization is not a focus of this grant and will not be funded.

Requests to fund generally accepted standard library operations, such as collection development, automation, staffing or equipment replacement, will not be granted. Requests for funds that supplant local funding instead of supplementing local funding will not be granted. Requests that include construction or renovation of a building or vehicle or other capital expenditures will not be granted.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications are due by Friday, June 19, 2020, 5:00 PM EST.

Grants will be awarded in August.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Karren Reish

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan

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