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2018 LSTA

Available 2018 Grants

Competitive Grants

  • Funding Level: $10,001-$100,000
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Mini Grants

  • Funding Level: up to $10,000
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

NEW - Micro Grants

Update: micro grant application deadline changed from 2 months prior to 1 month prior

  • Funding Level: up to $3,000 per grant project, $5,000 aggregate per library across all funding categories
  • Funding Period: Projects occurring between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019
  • Application deadline: Rolling; minimum of 1 month prior to project start for processing of paperwork 
  • Funding Categories:
    • Lifelong Learning (formerly Community Enrichment)
    • Technology/Edge Initiative
    • Institutional Improvement
  • Only one micro grant per library will be funded at a time. A micro grant project must be completed before the next may start
    • EXCEPTION: Libraries applying for Edge Initiative funding may have two simultaneous projects
    • EXCEPTION: For projects starting between April and June 2019, libraries may have concurrent Micro Grant projects. 

NEW- Micro CE (Continuing Education)

Update: application deadline for CE activities that DO NOT require airfare is 1 month prior

  • Funding Level: up to $1,500 per person
  • Funding Period: CE Activities occurring between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019
  • Funding Intent: Institutional Capacity/Improve the Library Workforce
  • Application deadline:
    • Rolling; airfare requested: minimum of 2 months prior to CE activity for processing of paperwork
    • Rolling; no airfare: minimum of 1 month prior to CE activity 

NOTE: please contact the LSTA Coordinator if you have questions about deadlines or would like to request an extension. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

Application Forms

NOTE: please contact the LSTA Coordinator if you have questions about deadlines or would like to request an extension. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.


Micro Grants 
Wed, Apr 4, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. (cancelled)

New link: 

Join the conference call: 
1-877-810-9415 access cde 1557995 

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: 

Mandatory Application webinar for the 2018 LSTA Grant cycle
Tuesday, December 5 @ 2 pm

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 

Access Code: 353-281-293 

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: 

Slides and recording link will be posted after webinar.

Introductory webinar for the 2018 LSTA Grant cycle
Tuesday, October 10 @ 2 pm 

2018 LSTA Project Calendars

2018 LSTA Competitive & Mini Grant Calendar
Funding Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Activity Date
Announcement of annual LSTA grant program  October 2, 2017
Proposal information available October 2, 2017
Proposal workshop - Intro Webinar October 10, 2017
Proposals Due November 1, 2017
Proposal Review and applicant notifications November 13, 2017
Mandatory applicant webinar December 5, 2017
1st draft 2018 LSTA applications due January 10, 2018
1st draft review and feedback to applicants January 31, 2018
Final 2018 LSTA applications due February 21, 2018
Applications to reviewers March 1, 2018
SCLL meeting: Mini grant ranking for Council approval; Competitive grant Q&A, review and ranking April 17, 2018
2018 LSTA projects begin July 1, 2018
1st Quarter report due October 31, 2018
2nd Quarter report due January 31, 2019
3rd Quarter report due April 30, 2019
2018 LSTA projects end June 30, 2019
Final Evaluation due October 1, 2019

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant application calendar is designed to optimize the time from proposing a project to submitting the application to funding availability.  An independent evaluation of LSTA sub-grant processes recommended adjustments to the sub-grant timeline to make avenues to participation more accessible. 

New to the timeline is a first draft and review process, which will allow staff to provide support and feedback to assist applicants in strengthening their applications before they are submitted to Council for final review and ranking. 

Activity Date
Announcement of Micro grants March 28, 2018
Applications available March 28, 2018
Introductory webinar April 4, 2018
Applications due 1 months before project start date
Funding notification As soon as possible/1 month before project start date
Final evaluation due 2 months after project end date
Reimbursement requests due 2 month after project end date or 07/22/19, whichever comes first


Micro Grants: please contact the LSTA Coordinator if you have questions about deadlines or would like to request an extension. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

About LSTA Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services' Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States. The Grants to States program allocates a base amount to each state plus a supplemental amount based on population. For each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, the base amount is $680,000 each. You can see recent allotments for all the states here

The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) uses Grants to State funds to meet LSTA specified priorities (20 U.S.C. § 9141) as well as Nevada's 5 Year Plan goals, either through statewide programs or competitive subgrants to eligible public, school, special, and academic libraries throughout Nevada. In order to remain eligibile for Grants to State LSTA funds, Nevada must meet statutory Matching and Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements.

LSTA funds help Nevada libraries solidify their roles as community educational centers, though planning, assessment, training, and partnerships, building capacity, and identifying user access needs. 

LSTA Planning Documents

LSTA Eligibility

LSTA grant opportunities are available to all eligible Nevada libraries.

To be eligible to apply for LSTA funds, each applicant library and participant library must certify to the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) that it meets all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Is supported by public revenues (51% or more) or is a non-profit institution or agency;
  • Makes the collection accessible to its primary clientele organized according to a nationally accepted classification system;
  • Participates in resource sharing through the Information Nevada program;
  • Serves its primary clientele free of charge;
  • Has a fixed location with regular, published hours of operation;
  • Has one or more paid library staff; Has an annual budget with funds reserved for library materials and services;
  • Has a current, written long range or strategic plan that is available for review. 

The applicant or participating library must also meet the following requirements:

  • Public Libraries: Must meet the Minimum Standards for Public Libraries;
  • School Libraries: The school district employs at least one certified library/media specialist;
  • Academic Libraries: Be accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Library Consortia:
    • Be a Nevada local, regional, or statewide cooperative of library entities which provides for the systematic and effective coordination of resources of school, public, academic, and/or special libraries and information centers, for improved services for the clientele of such library entities [20 U.S.C. 9122(2)]; and
    • Have a formal organized structure that includes governance, membership, long range planning and regular funding components.
  • Non-profit library related organization:
    • Be a non-profit entity registered with the Nevada Secretary of State; and
    • Have tax exempt status under the Internal Revenue Section 501(C)3.

These criteria were approved by the Nevada State Council on Libraries and Literacy in May 2008.

2018 Competitive Grant Final Rankings

Library Project Avg Score
North Las Vegas Library District NLV Creation Station 90.96
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Teachers in Libraries 84.23
UNLV Building the Pipelines 82.58
Elko-Lander-Eureka County Libraries AllCIRC Disc Management Self-Checkout Expansion 81.85
Mineral County Library Imagine, Create, 3D Print 80.92
Western Nevada College WNC Library Reimagined 79.77
Pershing County Library AWE Literacy Tablets 79.15
UNR Creating Access to Paul Laxalt's Senatorial Papers 77.92
Nevada Library CoOp NLC Strategic Planning Project  77.08
Carson City Public Library Carson City Library Planning Initiative 76.46
Henderson District Public Libraries Engaging a Community; Building a Strategy 75.00
Boulder City Library District A Better Look into the Past Through Microfilm 70.23
Washoe County Library Teens Ignite: Building a Bridge to Maker 69.00