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2020 LSTA

LSTA Applications

Competitive Grants (07/01/20-08/31/21)

Mini Grants (07/01/20-08/31/21)

CE/Travel to Training Scholarships (07/01/20-06/30/21)

Application Guidance

2020 Deadlines/Important Dates

2020 LSTA Grant Calendar
Funding Period: July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

Grant Type Activity Date
All Announcement of LSTA grant program  November 7, 2019 
Competitive Proposal webinar, competitive grants (mandatory) November 14, 2019
Competitive Proposals Due, Competitive Grants (mandatory) December 6, 2019
Competitive Proposal phone calls (if necessary) December 11-13, 2019
Competitive Proposal written feedback to applicants December 20, 2019
Competitive Application webinar TBA
Competitive 1st Draft Due, Competitive Grants (mandatory) January 17, 2020
Competitive 1st draft review and feedback to applicants February 14, 2020
Competitive Final Application Due, Competitive Grants March 13, 2020
Competitive SCLL meeting, review and ranking of competitive applications. Applicant Q&A April 29, 2020
Mini Cycle 1 Mini Grant applications due May 15, 2020
Competitive, Mini Projects begin, competitive & cycle 1 mini grants July 1, 2020
Mini Cycle 2 Mini Grant applications due August 15, 2020
Competitive, Mini* 1st Quarter report due (if applicable) November 2, 2020
Mini Cycle 3 Mini Grant applications due November 16, 2020
Competitive, Mini* 2nd Quarter report due (if applicable) January 31, 2021
Mini Cycle 4 Mini Grant applications due February 15, 2021
Competitive, Mini* 3rd Quarter report due (if applicable) April 30, 2021
All Reimbursements Requests: submit reimbursement requests for expenses for FY 21 (incurred though June 30, 2021) July 23, 2021
All 2020 LSTA projects end. Project extensions will NOT be granted August 31, 2021
All Reimbursements Requests: Final day to request reimbursements. No reimbursements will be processed after this date. September 15, 2021
Competitive, Mini Final Reports due November 1, 2021

*Quarterly Reports for Mini grants are linked to project start dates. 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.

2020 LSTA CE Scholarship (Travel to Training) Calendar
Funding Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Activity Date
Announcement of CE Scholarships March 2020
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 07/23/21, 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

2020 LSTA Proposal webinar -  Mandatory
Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 2 pm



2020 LSTA Competitve Application Webinar - Optional
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 @ 2 pm


2020 LSTA Mini Grant & CE/Travel to Training Overview webinar
Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 2 pm


LSTA Mini Grant Application How-To webinar
Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 11 am​ 



LSTA Webinars on YouTube

Archived LSTA webinars from previous grant 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.

2020 Competitive Grant Final Rankings

Library Project Avg Score
Humboldt County Library Teen Space at the Humboldt County Library 87.85
Nevada Library Cooperative Nevada Library Cooperative Gains the EDGE (Assessment) 84.69
Churchill County Library Virtual Reality Hidden Cave 84.50
Carson City Library Think Bionics! Continuous Engagement of STEAM 83.17
Washoe County School District Access to Information: Tech for WCSD Libraries 77.75
Nevada State Library Changing Spaces 76.42
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Museum Family Adventure Pass 74.00
UNR Northern Nevada Neon 70.30
Henderson District Public Libraries Creation Space STEAM Center 67.67
Boulder City Library District Complying with ADA and Privacy Needs 66.85
Western Nevada College WNC Faculty Information Literacy Workshops Program 58.92


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