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2020 LSTA

Available 2020 Grants

Competitive Grants

  • Grant Announcement: November 7, 2019
  • Funding Level: $10,001-$75,000
  • Total Available Funding: $360,391
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2020-August 31, 2021 (new end date, updated March 20, 2020)
  • Who may apply: Eligible libraries may submit ONE competitive application
  • Applications: Eligible libraries must submit a Proposal (due 12/06/19) and 1st Draft (due 01/17/20) as well as a final application (due 03/13/20). See Important Dates calendar

Mini Grants

  • Grant Announcement: February 2020
  • Funding Level: up to $10,000 total per library jurisdiction (not branch).
    • Libraries may apply for multiple mini grants as long as the aggregate mini grant total for Federal Year 2020 is not more than $10,000.
  • Total Available Funding: $200,000 
  • Funding Categories:
    • Lifelong Learning (formerly Community Enrichment)
    • Technology/Edge Initiative
    • Institutional Improvement
  • Funding Period: 
    • Cycle 1: July 1, 2020-August 31, 2021
      • Application deadline: May 15, 2020
    • Cycle 2: October 1, 2020-August 31, 2021
      • Application deadline: August 15, 2020
    • Cycle 3: January 1, 2021-August 31, 2021 (funds permitting)
      • Application deadline: November 15, 2020
    • Cycle 4: April 1, 2021-August 31, 2021 (funds permitting)
      • Application deadline: February 15, 2021
  • ​​Who may apply: eligible libraries may apply submit multiple applications. Total aggregate award will not exceed $10,000

CE Scholarships (also known as Travel to Training)

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

  • Announcement: March 2020
  • Funding Level: up to $1,500 per person per event
  • Total Available Funding: $30,000
  • Funding Period: CE Activities occurring July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
  • 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.

Evolving Needs Grant

  • Grant Announcement: April 15, 2021
  • Funding Level: formula based ~ $3,000 per location
  • Total Available Funding: ~$400,000
  • Funding Period: February 15, 2021 - August 31, 2021
  • Who may apply: Eligible academic, special, and public libraries 
  • Application: