FY2015 Grant Announcement Letter
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is pleased to announce the FY2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant round. The MBLC uses federal LSTA funding to provide direct grants to libraries that allow them to offer innovative services for local residents, encourage cooperation with other libraries and organizations, and meet the needs of libraries and patrons in the Commonwealth.
Grant opportunities are available to public, academic, school, and special libraries. New this year is Full Steam Ahead, which provides public libraries the opportunity to offer an array of learning experiences in the sciences and arts to preschoolers. Another new grant is The World Around Us, open to all types of libraries. This grant focuses on integrating statewide licensed resources into the library’s collections and services and using these resources to develop programming on a local, national, or worldwide issue that impacts library constituents.
Returning popular grants include Science is Everywhere, which helps public and school libraries develop innovative programs and strategies that promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and Customer Experience in the Digital Age.
For the 2015 grant year, the MBLC is very interested in receiving Innovative/Open grant applications for staff development, adult literacy, and civic engagements projects that could serve as models for future statewide programs.
To start the grant process, applicants submit the Letter of Intent form found at http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/lsta/opportunities/ to Rachel Masse (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters of Intent are due December 5, 2013 and are reviewed by the MBLC for eligibility. Applicants also attend a mandatory workshop on the application process to be held in January. Awards made for this round will be announced in July 2014, and projects will begin no earlier than October 1, 2014.
This federal program is not forward funded and this grant round is being held on the assumption that the MBLC will receive an adequate appropriation for FY2015. Statewide needs identified as the 2014 fiscal year goes on may reduce the amount available for direct grants to libraries and make the grant round more competitive. The MBLC awards LSTA grant monies through an open competitive grant process.
Online copies of all information, including the Letter of Intent Form, a listing of grants by theme, and the Direct Grant Program Calendar can be found on the page listed below:
Before submitting a Letter of Intent, we strongly urge you to get in touch with the various MBLC program specialists listed as contacts for each grant, especially if you have questions or need more information in selecting a program. They will be happy to assist you. General questions about LSTA, this grant round, or your library’s eligibility may be directed to Rachel Masse.
We look forward to your participation in the 2015 grant round.