Eligibility Requirements

All types of libraries in Massachusetts may apply for LSTA direct grants if they meet eligibility criteria. Attention to deadlines and details is also essential for success: funds are finite and only applicants who fulfill all requirements can be considered. Please note that some grant opportunities may only be open to certain types of libraries. 


Current Strategic Plan

Due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries with expired strategic plans as of October 1, 2020 will be given a one year extension. Libraries under this extension will still be eligible for LSTA direct grants if they file an updated action plan that will be due on December 1, 2020.

Deadline: October 1, 2020
Submit to: amy.clayton@state.ma.us

If multiple libraries plan to work jointly on an LSTA direct grant, only one library needs to have a current, approved strategic plan and action plan on file by the due dates.

Action Plan

Deadline: December 1, 2020
Submit to: amy.clayton@state.ma.us

The action plan required will be the plan for the year of the grant, not the current year.

For example:

On or before December 1, 2020, a library submits an action plan for fiscal year 2022 (July 2021 through June 2022).

Member of Massachusetts Library System (MLS)

All applicants must be members of the Massachusetts Library System. The requirements for membership vary by library type. See the MLS website for more details. 

State Aid to Public Libraries Certification

All public libraries intending to apply must be and remain certified to receive State Aid.

Preservation Grant Categories

Some preservation grants have requirements in addition to the application.

Please note that the Preservation Assessment Grant now has a separate application process and timeline.

Applicants for Archives Arrangement & Description, Conserving & Digitizing Historical Resources, Managing Fine & Decorative Arts, or Protecting Priority Collections must: