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Arizona Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant

Grants to Arizona Public and School Libraries
for a Broad Range of Projects and Services

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona public, academic, school, special, and tribal libraries to support a broad range of programs and services. Funding is intended to support new pilot projects, programs already in progress, and ongoing projects in the areas of information access, inclusive communities, informal education, and institutional improvements.

LSTA Subgrants include General Grants and Mini-Grants:

  • General LSTA Grants:
  • LSTA Mini-Grants:
    • Information Access - Collections and Programming (CAP): awards to help libraries enhance materials for targeted audiences. CAP grant funds may be used only for library collection materials and instructor/presenter fees.
    • Informal Education -  Citizen Science: awards to help bring data-driven, science-based programming to the community with the assistance of simple, convenient, and ready-to-use kits. 
    • Inclusive Communities - Law4AZ: these mini-grants are designed to increase access to justice statewide by connecting people to legal information through their libraries.
    • Institutional Improvements - Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending: A wi-fi hotspot is an area where users can access the internet from a small device with a cell phone data plan.
    • Institutional Improvements - Staff Development: to help library systems pay for top quality presenters for their all-staff development days. 

More information about Mini-Grants can be seen here:

LSTA grants are awarded for innovative ventures as well as for more traditional projects.

Examples of allowable costs include:

  • Salaries and benefits of temporary personnel hired specifically for the grant
  • Consulting or contractual services
  • Furnishings that are necessary to support the project
  • Hardware, software, and/or technology necessary to support the project
  • Indirect costs
  • Library materials that are necessary to support the project
  • Postage, printing costs and supplies for project materials
  • Travel and/or training expenses related to the project for library or project staff
  • LSTA funds for project promotion can be included in the budget, but those funds can only be used to market the grant project. 

LSTA funds are primarily targeted for new projects that serve as models or pilots. Libraries may apply for subsequent phases of a project that is underway. Libraries may also apply for funding of an ongoing project if it reaches new audiences, incorporates new methodologies or significantly expands the reach of the project, throughout the project, not just as an add-on at the end. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134756

Estimated Size of Grant:

General LSTA grants have no set minimums or maximums. The typical award ranges between $10,000 and $50,000.

Mini-Grants are funded with fixed amounts:

Information Access Mini-Grant:
-Collections And Programming (CAP): $4,000.

Informal Education Mini-Grant:
-Citizen Science: $3,000.

Inclusive Communities Mini-Grant:
-Law4AZ: $3000

Institutional Improvements Mini-Grant:
-Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending: $4,000
-Staff Development: s $4,000

Term of Contract:

2019 LSTA projects completed with funds fully encumbered by August 6, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive LSTA funds in Arizona, all libraries must meet the following criteria:
- Be open to the public at least 750 hours per year, with regular, posted hours.
- Provide core library services, such as borrowing privileges and computer use, free of charge to all residents within the library’s service area. A school or academic library may define its service area as its academic community.
- Ensure that at least one activity of an LSTA-funded project directly serves the general public.

Academic Libraries
-Serve a public college or university.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Public Libraries:
-Receive a minimum of 50 percent of funding from public sources OR be organized as a nonprofit.
- Adhere to any requirements specified in the Arizona Revised Statutes, including but not limited to ARS 9-411 through 9-420 (Cities and Towns/Public Libraries); ARS 11-901 through 11-914 (Counties/Public Libraries); and ARS 34-502 (Computer Access/Harmful to Minors).
-Submit to the State Library annual public library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

School Libraries
-Serve a public or charter school in Arizona.
-Participate in resource sharing with other school libraries in the same school district.
-Be managed by a certificated school librarian.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Special Libraries
-Serve as a library for a governmental unit or non-profit organization.
-Upon library request, loan materials to Arizona libraries at no charge.
-Be managed by a librarian with an MLS or Arizona Library Practitioner Certification.
-Provide services to Arizona residents.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Tribal Libraries
-Be recognized and supported by a tribal government in Arizona.
-Submit to the State Library annual library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely

The following costs are unallowable and may not be proposed as grant project costs:
- Apparel
-Bad debts
-Contributions and donations
-Entertainment / Performances
-Fines and penalties
-Gifts, models, souvenirs
-Interest and other financial costs
-Existing staff salaries and benefits
-Under recovery of costs under grant agreements (excess costs for one grant application is not chargeable to another grant application)

LSTA grants should fund project costs, not general operational costs. Some operational costs that LSTA grants will not fund include:
- Major infrastructure upgrades (e.g. RFID technology; document, charging, or self-service stations)
- Replacement desktops and laptops
- Vehicles and trailers
- Furnishings not associated with a specific project
- Computers and other electronic devices not associated with a specific project
The only exception to general operating costs is the indirect cost rate for administrative overhead.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops and webinars about writing an LSTA grant application are usually offered in January. Visit the Library Development Events Calendar for listings:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- March 6, 2020 2020 LSTA application electronically submitted and Certification postmarked
- May 1, 2020 Grant awards announced
- May 8, 2020 Grant funds available
- May 8, 2020 Grant recipients workshop or webinar

Local funds, whether in-kind or cash, are required. The amount of match may vary; it does not have to be 1:1. The match must be allowable under LSTA and specifically allocable to the project.

Libraries are encouraged but not required to partner with other organizations when applying for LSTA funds.

Video: "Preparing to Apply for Early Literacy Grants":

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions regarding Information Access Grants and the CAP mini-grant, contact:
Mary Villegas, Tribal and Technology Consultant

For questions regarding General Informal Education Grants, contact:
Donna Throckmorton, Library Services Consultant

For questions regarding General Inclusive Communities Grants and staff development mini-grants, contact:
Ann Marie Creegan

For questions regarding Citizen Science mini-grants, contact:
Chris Guerra

For questions regarding Law4AZ mini-grants, contact:
Jaime Ball

For questions regarding wi-fi hotspot lending mini-grants, contact:
Nicole Umayam
602-542- 6271

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