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CARES Act Public Library Grants

Grants to South Carolina Libraries to Reopen
Within COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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

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Grants of up to $1,000 to South Carolina libraries to prepare to reopen within the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic safety guidelines. Funding is intended for PPE, cleaning and safety supplies, computer hardware, outside professional services, or any other items that would allow the libraries to safely reopen.

To assist South Carolina libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the State Library will provide LSTA funding to help libraries prepare to reopen to the public and adapt services to reduce the impact of COVID-19. This CARES Act Public Library grant program supports Goal 1 of South Carolina’s Five-Year Plan: Goal 1: Information and library services are expanded and are made more accessible, taking advantage of collaborative and partnering opportunities whenever possible, and are aligned with documented needs of South Carolinians. Federal Purpose: Expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in any of a variety of formats, in any type of libraries, for individuals of any age. Target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities.

Allowable expenditures include: 

  • Protective supplies such as masks, touchless thermometers, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies such as sanitizing wipes, cleaning solutions, etc.
  • Customer service and safety supplies such as hand sanitizing station, supplies to support contactless services such as DIY self-check creation, etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190061

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by May 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

South Carolina public libraries eligible for State Aid may submit one application for this program.

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; giveaway items such as awards, prizes, or medals.

Construction and furniture: No LSTA funds may be used to purchase furniture (including storage cabinets). No LSTA funds may be used for construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due June 30, 2020.

An application for funding, if accepted, will result in a grant award providing reimbursement to the County for qualifying expenditures.

Please contact Wendy Coplen with any questions or clarifications on eligible expenses.

One-on-one assistance is available for writing the grant and creating the budget. Contact Wendy Coplen.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Wendy Coplen

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USA: South Carolina

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