Collaborative Library Service Grant Program

  • LSTA Collaborative Library Services Grant Program

    The Collaborative Library Services grant program is on hiatus for 2021/2022. Please check back in January 2022 for the funding decision for the 2022/2023 program year.

    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.

    Program documentation and the application packet are posted below. Please read the program documentation BEFORE submitting an application.


    • Provide funding for innovative library services and programs, AND
    • 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:

    • Develop an innovative service or program to meet an identified community need; AND/OR
    • Meet an increased community demand for a service or resource; AND/OR
    • Improve or create 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.


    • For 2021/2022 the program is on hiatus.
    • Intent to File Form Due Date - February
    • Application Due Date - May
    • Grants Awarded - August
    • Grant Award Period - October 1 - September 30

    2019-2020 Grants:The Collaborative Library Services Grant awards are Fennville District Library, Herrick District Library, Muskegon Area District Library, and Wayne State University Libraries.


    Collaborative Library Services Grant Program - How to Apply

    • 2022 Date TBA

    Collaborative Library Services Grant Program - Managing Your Grant

    • TBA - Arranged with grantees in August

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement