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.
- Public Agency
This opportunity is available to all California public libraries that meet the criteria found at this link https://www.library.ca.gov/Content/pdf/grants/lsta/LSTAEligibility.pdf
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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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