24-25 LSTA Inspiration Grants

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The Inspiration Grants opportunity provides Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for California libraries that are inspired to implement projects outside of the State Library’s other funding opportunities. Inspiration Grants provide funding for projects that may not fit within the bounds of the other grants offered by the State Library and/or for ideas that are generated outside of other funding opportunity application timeframes.


Are you inspired to submit a grant application to the State Library?

Do you have an idea or project you’ve been waiting to implement that:

Addresses community needs and aligns with community aspirations?
Supports improvement, innovation, and experimentation in library services?
Can be completed by June 30, 2024?

If so, then this opportunity might be for you! 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

The Inspiration Grants opportunity is open to California libraries.

Eligible Geographies:

The Inspiration Grants opportunity is open to libraries in the state of California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching funds are encouraged but not a requirement of this grant.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
9/24 to 10/24
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
10/1/24 to 06/30/25

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$20,000 – $100,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

The Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds (LSTA) are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Successful applicants can expect to receive project funds up to 8-10 weeks after the payment claim form is received by the State Library.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Michelle Killian, 1-916-603-6706, michelle.killian@library.ca.gov