Sustainable California Libraries

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The California State Library’s 2022-2023 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)-funded Inspiration Grants opportunity will provide support to libraries throughout California interested in implementing a project outside of other State Library opportunities.


The LSTA-funded Sustainable California Libraries themed grant opportunity will provide libraries the opportunity to design programming and educational opportunities focused on sustainability and climate resilience, by collaborating with project partners, community connections, and community members.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to community engagement and equitable programming and services. A minimum of one project partner or community connection is required (see below for examples). All proposals should include plans to develop meaningful public programming opportunities with collaboration encouraged within the library, local jurisdiction, community-based organizations, tribal communities, and schools, where appropriate. Active participation in the Community of Practice is required, as is sharing of best practices and lessons learned. See timeline below for more information.

Proposals should demonstrate how programs, project partners, community connections, and resources intend to engage and support communities most impacted by climate change. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Eligible Geographies:

Grant is limited to 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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
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.

Available Funding Notes:

Project minimum request: $10,000 Project maximum request: $30,000 Library jurisdictions with up to 14 outlets may apply for one grant Library jurisdictions with 15–30 outlets may apply for two grants Library jurisdictions with 31 or more outlets may apply for three grants  

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 awards totaling less than $20,000, payment is made in full.

For awards totaling more than $20,000, payments typically follow a 45%/45%/10% payment schedule.

It can take up to eight weeks for a grantee to receive funds from the State Library after signed claim forms are received by the State Library’s Fiscal Office.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Julianna Robbins, 1-916-603-6712,