Do you have an idea for an innovative new program or service at your library? Want to support customer service training for your staff, start a coding club, or bolster resources for early childhood education?
Apply for an LSTA grant (Library Services and Technology Act) to enhance your library's services or to offer new programs. MBLC consultants will provide guidance and feedback throughout the grant process and project implementation.
Current grant applicants (submitted letters of intent in December) — Find application forms and information.
Future applicants — Check out our forms and instructions to see what's involved with the application process.
LSTA in Massachusetts
Each year, the MBLC receives federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the Grants to States program, which is based on state population. In addition to MBLC's direct grants to libraries, other LSTA-funded statewide projects include database licensing, disaster recovery and emergency assistance, and the Commonwealth Catalog.
Massachusetts Long Range Plan
IMLS requires that the MBLC submit a multi-year plan to set broad strategic direction for the use of LSTA funds to keep Massachusetts libraries informed and meet statutory requirements. The current plan runs through FY 2017. A new five-year plan will be filed in June.Massachusetts LSTA Long Range Plan (2013-2017)
- Consolidate federal library service programs.
- Promote improvement in library services in all types of libraries in order to better serve the people of the United States.
- Facilitate access to resources in all types of libraries for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry.
- Encourage resource sharing among all types of libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public.
- Promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills and digital literacy skills.
- Enhance the skills of the current library workforce and to recruit future professionals.
- Ensure preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters.
- Enhance the role of libraries within the information infrastructure of the U.S. to support research, education, and innovation.
- Promote library services that provide users with access to information.