The Lunch at the Library program supports libraries in providing children and teens with meals and learning and enrichment opportunities during the summer while school is not in session. The partner agency will take the lead role in supporting libraries’ participation and agree to be the Fiscal Agent of record for the grant, disburse the funds, and be responsible for all grant requirements like contracts, fiscal records, and reports.
The state-funded Lunch at the Library program supports libraries in providing children and teens with meals and learning and enrichment opportunities during the summer months while school is not in session. The California State Legislature has approved $800,000 for in one-time special funding for this project. The funds will support libraries in participating in the Lunch at the Library program in 2021. Project activities will take place during both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 fiscal years. Please click here or see https://lunchatthelibrary.org/ for detailed project information.
The partner agency will take the lead role in supporting libraries’ participation in the Lunch at the Library project. They will agree to be the Applicant/Fiscal Agent of record for the grant, disburse the funds, and be responsible for all requirements of the grant such as contracts, fiscal records, and reports.
The successful applicant will be required to submit a progress report at least twice per fiscal year, as requested by the California State Library. A final report will also be due upon project completion. The reports must describe the project status, including a financial summary.
Ongoing contact with the grant monitor at the California State Library is required. The funded project may also be subject to at least one formal site visit(s) during the period of performance. Ongoing project and program evaluation will be developed in conjunction with the California State Library.
The selected applicant will work with the State Library to create and implement a complete project plan and scope of work
Major responsibilities of the partner agency:
a) Maintain records of expenditures related to the grant that are consistent with generally acceptable accounting practices;
b) Make financial records available to CSL upon request;
c) Work with CSL staff to assure that funds are disbursed in compliance with the purpose of the grant;
d) Prepare and submit required narrative and fiscal reports;
e) Procure equipment, supplies, etc. as needed;
f) Issue contracts for services, personnel, and consultants;
g) Make payments for services, including for hours worked and travel reimbursements, to consultants and contractors;
h) Oversee the implementation of project activities.
PLEASE NOTE: An interview may be part of the selection process following receipt of the applications.
- Public Agency
Applicants can include a CLSA Cooperative Library System, California Library Association, or Califa Group.
Applicant must be located in California.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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