Collaborative Library Service Grant Program

  • LSTA Collaborative Library Services Grant Program

    This multi-year LSTA funded grant program provides Michigan public, academic and school libraries the opportunity to develop innovative programs or services that have the potential to develop into sustainable regional or statewide programs that can benefit a broad range of libraries. Programs with strong partnerships between libraries, and/or local community groups or agencies are a requirement. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund a limited number of pilot projects that meet these priorities, depending on funding availability.

    2019/2020 Grantees: Fennville District Library, Herrick District Library, Muskegon Area District Library, and Wayne State University Libraries Arthur Neef Law Library. The press release describes the projects.


    • Provide funding for innovative library services and programs,
    • Create the opportunity to develop sustainable new regional or statewide programs, and
    • Develop partnerships among libraries and/or between libraries and local community agencies.

    Applicants may propose a library program or service in any content area appropriate for library services, such as the following:

    • To develop an innovative service or program to meet a newly identified community need;
    • To meet the increased community demand for a service or resource;
    • To improve or develop new services to target populations, such as people from diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and individuals with limited functional literacy, limited English proficiency or limited information literacy skills.

    ALL eligible applicants MUST submit an Intent to File form to apply for this grant. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Library of Michigan.


    The Library of Michigan announces each fiscal year whether competitive grant funds are available. The grant periods are from one to three years (Oct.-Sept.) and funding is for $50,000 to $225,000 per year up to a total of $500,000.


    • Intent to File Form Due Date - Last Business Day of January
    • Application Due Date  - Last Business Day of May
    • Grants Awarded - August
    • Grant Award Period - October 1 - September 30


    • Grant Overview and Intent to File Information
      • January 2020 - Date TBA 
    • Collaborative Library Services Overview and Application
      • March 2020 - Date TBA
      • April 2020 - Date TBA  

    2017-2018 Grants: Grand Rapids Public Library and Niles District Library have been awarded Collaborative Library Services grants. Three sponsorship grants were also awarded to The Library Network, the Michigan Library Association, and the Michigan Academic Libraries Association.

    2016-2017 Grants: Dearborn Public Library, Jackson District Library, Wayne State University Libraries and Ypsilanti District Library have grants for collaborative projects working with underserved populations.

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement