• LSTA Improving Access to Information Grant Program

    This LSTA grant program is designed to provide public and academic libraries with the opportunity to expand services for learning and access to information and/or to develop library services that provide all users access to information. The intent is to fund one-year projects that increase capacity to provide access to library collections and information. In a given fiscal year, the Library of Michigan will fund a limited number of grants that meet these priorities.

    2021/2022 Grants: LM is pleased to announce twelve awards for the 2021/2022 grant year to eleven public libraries and one academic library. We received twenty applications for a total of $335,000 and approved twelve projects for a total of $205,000 that provide a range of new services and content to library users. Congratulations to the funded libraries!


    • Improve access to services & information in areas of literacy.
    • Improve access to services & information in areas of local history or special collections.
    • Improve access to information for community users with limited online access, e.g. improving equity through digital inclusion.

    Applicants may propose a project for any of these three priorities.


    • Literacy projects: We are interested in projects that improve community literacy for a range of topics, such as early literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy, English as a second language (ESL), health literacy, etc. Examples are supporting programming for a community group like a teen center, creating a pop-up library collection that supports an identified local need, providing financial or digital literacy training, etc.
    • Local history or special collections: We are interested in projects that engage local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Examples are preservation and promotion of an existing collection, collaborating with a local museum to bring together a themed collection, remediating metadata for an existing digital collection for inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), etc.
    • Access to Information: We are interested in digital inclusion projects, meaning increasing or improving services for users with limited online access. Examples are hot spot lending programs, support for technology training, using assistive devices with disabled patrons, etc.

    Within the priorities, successful applications will address the guidelines listed above. 


    Michigan public and academic libraries. Public libraries must be legally established and eligible for state aid at the time of application. 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 period is one year (October 1 - September 30) and funding is from $5,000 to $25,000.


    • Application Due - Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST  - CLOSED
    • Grants Awarded - August
    • Grants Award Period - October 1 - September 30

    Improving Access to Information Grant Program - How to Apply

    • Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:00 PM - RECORDING

    Improving Access to Information Grant Program - Managing Your Grant

    • TBA - Arranged with grantees in the fall.

    Webinars will be recorded and the recording link will be sent to everyone who is registered.


    Tech Ban for Federal Funds - Grantees may not purchase telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services from companies with an Exclusion in their record. Please check when purchasing technology equipment to confirm the company you want to purchase from is not a banned company.

Forms and Documents

IMLS Funding Statement