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2020 LSTA

CARES Reports & Forms

Mid Year & Final Report

Final Report coming soon

Reimbursement Requests

Please use this LSTA reimbursement request for your CARES reimbursements

Time and Effort

Please use this LSTA Time and Effort for your CARES funded salaries

Hotspot/Device Lending Survey

Hotspot/Device Lending Survey

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Available CARES grants

Available CARES Grants

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants, per Public Law 116-136:

  • Grant Announcement: July 1, 2020
  • Who may apply: Eligible PUBLIC libraries may submit ONE application
  • How to apply: An application will be sent directly to public library directors. Please contact Sulin Jones if you need a duplicate copy.
  • Funding Priorities: To expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services
  • Total Available Funding: $278,318
  • Funding Levels: CARES award allotments have been pre-calculated for each public library using population, number of outlets, SNAP, unemployment, and broadband data. 
  • Match: No match is required, but please document and contributions from technology partners. (Example: Discounted Connectivity Packages, Discounted Diversified Packages, Technology Support, and/or Installation Support)
  • Funding Period: April 21, 2020-August 31, 2021 (expenditures made prior to submission and approval of  the CARES application must be pre-approved by NSLAPR)
  • Deadlines: Libraries are encouraged to submit their completed applications by by August 31, 2020

Application Instructions: 


About CARES

IMLS distributed $30 million in CARES funding to State Library Administrative Agencies through the LSTA Grants to States program. State Libraries are able to use these funds to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support. ‚Äč

Per federal legislation, the following types of data will inform targeted efforts:

  • Poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Unemployment
  • Broadband availability

NV CARES Act Public Library Funding Distribution

  • Population, outlets, unemployment, SNAP, and homes without Internet access were the factors used to calculate need
  • County-level data provided by IMLS was used for population, SNAP, and Internet access IMLS Indicators Workbook: Economic Status and Broadband Availability and Adoption
  • American Community Survey (US Census Bureau) data was used for the towns/cities in Clark and Nye counties https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-and-tools/data-profiles/
  • Unemployment is currently much higher than was shown on the IMLS data and all areas are not affected equally, DETR data for the first week of June was used http://nevadaworkforce.com/LAUS
  • Libraries with population below 2,500 were allocated a base amount. Due to low population numbers, using percentage data for the indicators listed above gave disproportionate results. Additionally, the Amargosa Valley and Round Mountain/Manhattan communities are not included in the American Community Survey so comparable data could not be obtained.
  • Note: IMLS Indicators also include poverty rate, percentage without health insurance, percentage with no home computer, percentage with home broadband, and population for whom broadband is available. These factors were initially included but were determined to be repetitive or not relevant. For example, percentage with home internet was determined to be a more accurate indication of connectivity than home computers or broadband availability.

CIPA

CARES grants are subject to Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Hot Spots,  devices, mobile wifi hubs, wifi extenders, and MESH  networks must have filtering capabilities to meet CIPA requirements

Resources, guidance, and vendor links

Hot Spots

If buying hot spots for lending, we recommend that you: negotiate discounts, request a demo hot spot, confirm filtering capabilities, consider data needs

Vendors of CIPA compliant products (not an exclusive list nor an endorsement)

Wifi

Know your wifi terms:

  • Wifi Boosters: eliminate dead spots due to signal interference, boost signal range 
  • Wifi Extenders: hard wired boosters, offer a stronger and more stable signal
  • Wifi Repeater: a wireless booster, acts as a 2nd router, but decreases bandwidth by 50%

Wifi articles: