Library Workforce Partnership Initiative

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Closed (8 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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The Library Workforce Partnership Initiative (LWPI) is a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding opportunity for ten California public libraries to partner with Local Workforce Development Boards (Local Boards). By extending and enhancing their ability to support employment, public libraries can establish a leadership role in their communities as California fights to recover from the effects of the pandemic.



Working with a cohort of ten libraries and Local Workforce Development Boards, successful awardees will build staff skills and knowledge about workforce development and enhance workforce development in their communities. Local Boards in California will work with public libraries and together they will promote employment, career development, and skill building for job seekers. The California State Library will help libraries connect with local workforce agencies to initiate partnerships.

All participating libraries will:

· Receive $15,000;

· Partner with Local Board;

· Receive training from the California State Library;

· Engage with a cohort of library staff and workforce staff focused on developing skills related to workforce development. The cohort will convene monthly to collaborate and create a community of practice.

Libraries interested in being part of the LWPI will design a local outreach program to meet the specific needs of their local communities.

During the grant period, each library will engage in community asset mapping. Shared conversations will be built into the LWPI so that all libraries and workforce agencies participating in the project will have the opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and solutions to challenges that occur during the grant period. Training on digital tools offered by the State Library will be offered throughout the grant period. Finally, each library will contribute to a document that will offer support to other libraries who pursue workforce development as a core service.

Each library interested in applying for an LWPI grant must partner with their Local Workforce Development Board. A formal written agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), must be part of the application for a grant. The agreement will detail the responsibilities and contributions of each partner. Successful projects will be awarded grants in October 2021. Projects will close on June 30, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

This opportunity is available to all California public libraries that meet the criteria found at this link


Eligible Geographies:

This grant opportunity is available to public libraries in 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.

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.
October 15, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Fiscal year 21/22

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.
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:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are federally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and are awarded by the State Library to eligible California libraries.

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:

For LSTA awards totaling $20,000 or less, payments are made in full, upon execution of the agreement and the State Library’s receipt of the awardee’s claim form.

It can take up to ten weeks for a grantee to receive funds from the State Library after the signed claim form and/or reports are received by the Fiscal Office.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Jody Thomas, 1-916-603-7173,