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FFY 2018 Grant Review Process: FFY 2018 Grant Review Process

Council LSTA Review Process

Each year, Council meets for the final review of the LSTA competitive grant applications. Review packets, containing each library's application and backup documentation (letters of support, job descriptions, technology specs, etc.) will be made available at least one month before the meeting, as will rating forms and scoring sheets. 

Applicants will also be in attendance during this meeting, either in person, via videoconference, or teleconference for a 15 minute Q&A session to go over any aspect that may need additional clarification.

After the grant Q&A, there will be an open discussion. At this point, application scores may be adjusted. NSLAPR staff will then gather score sheets, tally figures, and present final rankings. These ranking represent Council's recommendations for LSTA funding. The NSLAPR Division Administrator will make final LSTA funding decisions contingent upon final federal LSTA allocations made to the state.

NOTE: Grant Applications are confidential until the review and ranking session during the Council Meeting. Please do not share content or discuss the grant projects until that time. 

Reviewer Documents

Rating Form Rubric

Rubric Section Possible Points
Need/Opportunity 20
Benefit/Outcomes to Target Audience 10
LSTA & Local Planning Goals 10
Implementation 20
Evaluation 15
Budget 15 + 5 bonus
Overall Merit 10


The questions below may help with the rubrics. These questions are examples and may not apply to every section on the rating form.  NOTE: Your written comments on the rating form should not bear personal identifiers as these forms become part of the grant record.


  • Does this project address an important need or opportunity?
  • If the aims of the application are achieved, how will library users benefit?


  • Are the project framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well-integrated, and appropriate to the goals of the project?
  • Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?


  • Does the proposed project employ appropriate concepts, approaches or methods?
  • Are the aims appropriate?  Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies?


  • Does the environment in which the work will be done contribute to the likelihood of success?
  • Do the proposed activities take advantage of unique features of the community/library? Do they employ useful collaborative arrangements?
  • Is there evidence of institutional support?

Nevada LSTA Goals, 2018-2022

Each LSTA grant project should clearly address of of the following four goals of Nevada's LSTA 5 Year State Plan:

Goal 1:  Strengthen Nevada libraries' ability to effectively respond to community needs through assessment, planning and training. 

Goal 2:  Encourage Nevada libraries to develop and use partnerships and collaboration to maximize user resources and services throughout the state.

Goal 3:  Nevada libraries will provide responsive learning environments for Nevada residents. 

Goal 4:  Build capacity of libraries to meet user identified access needs.