American Rescue Plan Act graphic with State Library logo and partial view of a semi-transparent American flag
June 29, 2021

The State Library of Ohio recently announced 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.

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.

In support of the ARPA Outreach Grant, State Library staff have created an informational webinar. The video may be viewed by selecting the webinar recording tab at library.ohio.gov/arpa.

In addition, State Library staff will be hosting a live ARPA Outreach Grant Q&A Office Hour webinar from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on July 8, 2021. Potential applicants are encouraged to drop in and ask questions they may have about the ARPA Outreach Grant.

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: 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 to Evan T. Struble, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, via estruble@library.ohio.gov or 614-752-9178, and Cindy Boyden, LSTA Coordinator, via LSTA@library.ohio.gov or 614-644-6863.

Media Contact:

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