• American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Capacity Grant Program

    ARPA Grant Updates:

    The Library of Michigan has awarded ARPA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services primarily through two grant programs - the ARPA Capacity Grant and the ARPA Equipment Grant. This section is the Capacity grant. The ARPA Capacity grants were made to three statewide library organizations in the amount of $2,740,844. You can see an overview of the grant awards in the Library of Michigan ARPA Grants Overview.

    ARPA Background:

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Library of Michigan (LM) $4,171,573 from the American Rescue Plan Act (Public Law 117-2). To achieve the American Rescue Plan Act's purposes, this funding is to be used by September 30, 2022, in helping communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches.

    The ARPA spending priorities are:

    a. First, to enable libraries to reach residents with internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi, and other digital inclusion efforts, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs.

    The following types of data, among others, can inform efforts to reach underserved populations:

    • Poverty / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Unemployment
    •  Broadband availability;

    b. Second, to provide rapid emergency relief to libraries across the country, allowing them to safely respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols.

    To meet these requirements, LM will work to assist public libraries provide improved access to the Internet for their community, while maintaining a safe environment for staff and patrons. ARPA funding distributed through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) also falls under IMLS' authorizing legislation, including that construction costs are not allowable.

    Library of Michigan ARPA Capacity Grant Program Priorities:

    1. Increase the capacity of Michigan public libraries to provide internet access to those community members without access;
    2. Increase the capacity of Michigan libraries to safely provide services to community members;
    3. Increase the capacity of Michigan libraries to safely provide content to community members.


    Eligible applicants are Michigan library cooperatives established under P.A. 89 of 1977 or Michigan non-profit associations or organizations committed primarily to resource sharing and/or the advancement of statewide or regional library services. More details on eligibility are in the grant application packet.


    • Minimum Award: $250,000
    • Maximum Award: $2,000,000


    The grant period is from August 2021 to September 30, 2022.


    Application Webinar - June 22, 2021, 10:00 AM

    Grant Review - July 2021

    Grants Awarded - August 2021

    • Grant purchasing may not start until the grant contract start date

    Grant Administration Webinar: TBA



Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement