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

Deadline: October 1, 2019
Submit to: amy.clayton@state.ma.us

A strategic plan sets the goals that a library, network, or other organization wants to focus on during a multi-year timeframe. For the purposes of eligibility, a strategic plan may cover a maximum of five years; after that time, the plan is expired and a new plan must be submitted. Extensions of up to two years for recently expired plans may be granted in certain circumstances, but are not guaranteed or automatic.  

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

Action Plan

Deadline: December 1, 2019
Submit to: amy.clayton@state.ma.us

An action plan is a task-oriented version of your strategic plan. An action plan only needs to list the goals and the specific actions related to those goals that the library will work on in the upcoming fiscal year. Keep in mind that 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, 2019, a library submits an action plan for fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 through June 2021).

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. 

[Public Libraries] State Aid Certification

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

[Preservation Other Than Assessment] Long Range Preservation Plan

Certain preservation grants require a library to have a valid long range preservation plan prior to applying. The Preservation Assessment grant category provides funds for the process.

For More Information

Robert Favini, Head of Library Advisory and Development
617-725-1860 x237
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x237

Amy Clayton, Administrative Coordinator
617-725-1860 x228
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x228