Virtual Youth Programming

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Closed (49 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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This new initiative helps libraries purchase technology and develop content to create meaningful and rewarding online programming for school-aged audiences.


All participating libraries will:

Receive $12,000 for technology needed for virtual programming

Receive training from the California State Library, the California Department of Education, and the California State Parks on connecting with audiences and on virtual programming resources.

Engage with a cohort of library staff focused on developing skills related to virtual programming for school aged children. The cohort will convene monthly to reflect on programming and create a community of practice.

Twenty libraries will:

Receive an additional $1,000 to support the purchase of a Learning Management System and staff time to implement the system.

Receive and take part in programming organized by the State Library. Programming will include virtual author visits involving multiple library sites, and a partnership with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which will bring the Western Region National Student Poet for a virtual visit to local libraries.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Only California public libraries are eligible for this opportunity. Libraries must apply by jurisdiction. Larger jurisdictions may submit more than one application and, funding permitting, may receive multiple awards.

Any library submitting a budget that includes the purchase of computer equipment that can connect to and browse the internet, must certify compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Eligible Geographies:

Only California public libraries are eligible for this opportunity.

Important Dates

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ends 8/31/21

Funding Details

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$12,000 – $13,000
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  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

These funds are available in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Christopher Durr, 1-916-603-7115,