Public Library Services Grant Program

  • Grant Awards

    2019 Public Library Services Grants

    The 2019 Public Library Services grant program has closed. We are pleased award 92 grants for summer 2019 programs for a total of $153,554. The selected libraries are on the Grant Award List and you can find more information in the press release. Information on the 2020 program will be announced in January 2020.

  • Public Library Services Grant Program

    This summer quick grant provides Michigan public libraries the opportunity to purchase supplies and materials for a specific program that will happen over the summer. Applications must be for a program that fits one of the topics and LSTA priorities listed below. Requested materials must be for the program described in the application.

    2019 Program Topics:

    • Literacy Programs – This area is for the broad idea of literacy programs. Appropriate ideas may include early literacy stations, financial literacy curriculum, ESL materials and curriculum, digital literacy class supplies and curriculum, etc.
       
    • Children & Teen Programs – This area is for library related children’s and teen programs. Appropriate ideas may include materials necessary to do STEM activities, cultural enrichment program supplies, story time materials, etc.
       
    • Technology Programs – This area is for programs that improve community access to technology. Appropriate ideas may include tablets, 3-D printers, assistive technology for disabled patrons, etc. Libraries requesting Internet capable devices must comply with CIPA regulations.
       

    LSTA PRIORITIES:

    • Programs or services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
    • Programs or services to individuals with disabilities, to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; or
    • Programs or services expanding services for learning and access to information.
       

    EXAMPLES:

    Thank you to our libraries for sharing their ideas!


    FUNDING AVAILABILITY:

    The grant period is May to August annually, if funds are available. Funding is from $500 to $2,000 per grant. The Library of Michigan will fund as many projects as possible that meet the grant criteria. Funds are distributed by reimbursement after the grant program is completed. Libraries who have not received funding the previous year may be given priority.

    PROGRAM TIMELINE:

    • Application Available - January
    • Application Due - March
    • Grants Awarded - April
    • Grant Period - May through August
       

    APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Michigan public libraries that are legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. Small and rural libraries or libraries that have not received a grant in the last year may be given priority if funding is limited. Grant applications are peer reviewed and the scoring rubric is in the Application Information.

    APPLICATION WEBINAR: 2020 date TBA.

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement