The California State Library’s competitive LSTA grant opportunities help California’s libraries respond effectively to local needs and align services with local community aspirations; support experimentation and research and development in California’s libraries; and provide training and support in grant writing and grant management for the California library community.
We invite libraries and other eligible organizations to apply for funding to support local and collaborative projects that address community needs and align with community aspirations. Projects should be guided by the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Projects should align with one or more of goals 1-6 in the State Library’s Five Year Plan.
We are especially interested in projects from library jurisdictions and branches of library jurisdictions that have not received LSTA funding in the last five years, and collaborative projects that represent a variety of regions, library sizes, and populations. However, we welcome applications from all California library jurisdictions and library consortia, and on any topic and serving any group.
Agencies applying for a local competitive grant and requesting $75,000 or above, and agencies applying for a collaborative competitive grant must plan to work with a project partner (in addition to the collaborative applicant group) and must have at least one project partner in place before a full application is submitted.
Types of Grant Opportunities
Two types of grant opportunity are available:
Local Competitive Grants support projects that focus on one library jurisdiction and can include projects focusing on one branch in one library jurisdiction.
Collaborative Competitive Grants support projects that are implemented by three or more library jurisdictions.
More information about this opportunity can be found on the California State Library's LSTA webpage.
- Public Agency
The local competitive grant opportunity is open to California libraries.
Libraries applying for a local competitive grant may also apply for a collaborative competitive grant. The collaborative competitive grant opportunity is open to California libraries, library consortia, and library-focused non-profit organizations.
Grant opportunity is limited to California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Applicants are expected to contribute a local match to the grant funds in the form of a cash match and/or in-kind contributions. A match is expected, but no minimum amount is required.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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