American Rescue Plan Act graphic with State Library logo and partial view of a semi-transparent American flag
June 1, 2021

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the launch of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Outreach Grant initiative. Utilizing Federal ARPA funds, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the State Library of Ohio encourages Ohio libraries of all types to apply for this competitive grant program revolving around the concept of Outreach.

“Ohio libraries of all types had to pivot quickly, due to the pandemic, to provide essential services to their respective communities in new and inventive ways,” State Librarian Wendy Knapp said.  ”The use of ARPA funds for libraries to strengthen and build on those services, potentially making them a permanent way of connecting with their communities, is an excellent case of making lemonade out of lemons. I’m excited to see the types of innovative application proposals we receive.”

Applications are being accepted in three categories:

Outreach and Education Proposals may request between $5,000 and $24,999 in federal funds. Proposals must demonstrate the need for a program or educational initiative to enhance the development of library staff and/or library users.

Community Connections Proposals may request between $25,000 and $49,999 in federal funds. Proposals must demonstrate a willingness for libraries to meet users where they are in the communities they serve.

Outreach Initiatives Proposals may request between $50,000 and $100,000 in federal funds. Proposals must demonstrate a large-scale, well-coordinated outreach endeavor on the part of the library.

“Outreach, as a concept, has always been a crucial part of any library’s services. Nevertheless, during the pandemic extending services and assistance beyond what they were doing before proved paramount,” Knapp explained. “This grant initiative welcomes well-planned, creative, and flexible proposals under the large umbrella of “Outreach” and enables applying libraries the opportunity to focus on projects both large and small.”

All types of Ohio libraries are eligible to apply for ARPA funds. Applicants may request up to $100,000 in federal funds; due to the nature of ARPA funds, NO local cash match of the total project cost is required.   A complete application proposal package must be submitted digitally to the State Library by 11:59 p.m. August 1, 2021, at this link: https://library.ohio.gov/arpa/#OutreachGrantApplication

Information about the ARPA Outreach Grant, including FAQs, Request for Proposals, and the Application may be found at library.ohio.gov/arpa.

Recommended applications will be presented to the State Library Board for funding in September 2021. Grant contract periods run from November 1, 2021– July 31, 2022.

Join the ARPA-OH announcement list to receive news and information about American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) library initiatives and programs in Ohio supported through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of Ohio.

Questions may be addressed toCindy Boyden, LSTA Coordinator,   via LSTA@library.ohio.gov, 800-686-1532 or 614- 644-6863 or Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, via estruble@library.ohio.gov, 614-752-9178.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov