The California State Library’s Competitive Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant opportunities: a. help California’s libraries respond effectively to local needs and align services with local community aspirations; b. support experimentation and R&D in California’s libraries; and c. provide training and support in grant writing and grant management for the California library community.
The California State Library’s Competitive Grants are designed to give California libraries, library cooperative systems, and library-focused non-profit organizations the opportunity to receive funding to support projects that address the needs and aspirations of the communities they serve. We invite libraries to apply for funding to support local projects that meet community needs and align with community aspirations. We are especially interested in: (We encourage applications from…) · projects that focus on underserved populations, sustainability, workforce development, and equity, diversity, inclusion; · applications from library jurisdictions and branches of library jurisdictions that have not received LSTA funding in the last five years; · 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. Local Competitive Grants: support projects that focus on one library jurisdiction and can include projects focusing on one branch in one library jurisdiction. · Community Connections: A community connection is defined as a local community agency or group that will partner with the library to implement the project. Applicants should have at least one community connection in place before submitting a Full Application. Applicants do not need to have a community connection confirmed before submitting the Intent to Apply form. · Community Partners: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines a partner as a cooperating institution, designated through a formal agreement that contributes material resources (materials/funds/staff) to the activity. Applicants requesting $75,000 or above, should have a partner in place before submitting a Full Application. Applicants must provide a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the partnership. Applicants are not required to have a community partner confirmed before submitting the Intent to Apply form. · Intent to Apply form (non-binding): · All potential competitive grant applicants must complete the Intent to Apply form. · Agencies that submit an Intent to Apply form may choose not to submit a Full Application; however, only agencies that have submitted an Intent to Apply form will be eligible to submit a Full Application. · Intent to Apply forms will be reviewed by State Library staff and selected applicants will be invited to complete a Full Application. · An invitation to submit a Full Application is not a guarantee of funding. · Project Budgets: Applicants are expected to contribute a local match to the grant funds in the form of a cash match and/or in-kind contributions. · Using Project Funds: All proposed expenditures must comply with federal restrictions on the use of LSTA grant funds.
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· Eligibility: The local competitive grant opportunity is open to California libraries. Libraries with up to 14 outlets may apply for one local grant; libraries with between 15 and 30 outlets may apply for two local grants; libraries with 31 or more outlets may apply for three local grants. Libraries applying for a local competitive grant may also apply for a collaborative competitive grant.
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. You are required to share in project expenses at the level indicated in the approved project budget. You must also maintain auditable records of all project costs whether they are charged to award funds or supported by cost-sharing contributions.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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