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2019 LSTA

Available 2019 Grants

Mini Grants

  • Grant Announcement: March 28, 2019
  • Funding Level: up to $10,000 per library jurisdiction
  • Total Available Funding: $210,000
  • Funding Categories:
    • Lifelong Learning (formerly Community Enrichment)
    • Technology/Edge Initiative
    • Institutional Improvement
  • Funding Period: 
    • Cycle 1: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
    • Cycle 2: October 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
  • Application deadline: 
    • Cycle 1: May 15, 2019
    • Cycle 2: August 15, 2019

CE Grants & Scholarships (also known as Travel to Training)

NEW for 2019-2020: CE now also comes as a Scholarship optionthe guidelines are the same as for grants (libraries are reimbursed rather than individuals), but it's not an official "grant." Contact the LSTA coordinator if you'd like more details. 

Application deadline for CE activities that request AIRFARE is 2 months prior

  • Announcement: March 28, 2019
  • Funding Level: up to $1,500 per person per event
  • Total Available Funding: $30,000
  • Funding Period: CE Activities occurring between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
  • 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

Application Guidance

2019 Deadlines/Important Dates

2019 LSTA Mini Grant Calendar
Funding Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Activity Date
Announcement of LSTA Mini Grant grant program  March 28, 2019
Mandatory applicant webinar April 3, 2019
Cycle 1 applications due May 15, 2019
Cycle 1 application review and feedback to applicants June 14, 2019
Cycle 1 projects projects begin July 1, 2019
Cycle 2 applications due August 15, 2019
Cycle 2 application review and feedback to applicants September 13, 2019
Cycle 2 projects begin October 1, 2019
1st Quarter report due (if applicable) October 31, 2019
2nd Quarter report due (if applicable) January 31, 2020
3rd Quarter report due (if applicable) April 30, 2020
2019 LSTA projects end June 30, 2020
Reimbursements Requests: last day to request reimbursement w/out an approved project extension July 20, 2020
Final Reports due 2 months after project ends

Quarterly Reports are linked to your project start and end date. Not all project will need to submit reports for all 3 quarters. Refer to your Grant-In-Aid (GIA) agreement for your required and reports and their due dates.

2019 LSTA CE Scholarship (Travel to Training) Calendar
Funding Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Activity Date
Announcement of CE Scholarships March 28, 2019
Applications due Rolling: 1 month before project start date or 2 months if airfare is requested
Funding notification At least 2 weeks prior to project start date
Final evaluation due 2 months after project end date
Reimbursement requests due 2 month after project end date or 07/20/20, whichever comes first

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

Application Webinars

2019 LSTA Mini Grant webinar -  Mandatory
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 2 pm

LSTA Webinars on YouTube
Archived LSTA webinars from previous years

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.