The COBAA grant deadline was Monday, January 27, 2020.
FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY – We are not accepting applications at this time.
Since 2016, the State Library of Ohio has awarded LSTA funds to support Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) to provide funds specifically for collection development purposes. In its fourth year, the grant application process has been updated to a required online application. The grant award is a maximum of $1,500 per eligible institution.
- Using statistics such as employment rates, free lunch program rate of reimbursement, or household income, tell us about your community. (max 300 words)
- Identify a group/target audience that will benefit from the purchase of COBAA titles (e.g., book clubs, High School English classes, college Education Majors, 2nd grade Language Arts students). (max 300 words)
- How do you expect this group/target audience to benefit and grow from the purchase of COBAA titles? Use specific examples. (max 300 words)
- A great way to promote the materials purchased via the COBAA grant is through programming. Have you considered any programming plans; if so, would you like to share them with us?
Documents Required For Application
- COBAA Title Page
- COBAA Purchase List
- Proof of cost from vendor(s). This can be in the form of a quote from your vendor(s), screenshot from your Amazon cart, etc.
**Processing/cataloging expenses, unless included in the costs of potential purchases, are not permissible for this grant.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: All proposals are due by midnight, Monday, January 27, 2020; COBAA grant terms will run March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.
Questions should be addressed to LSTA Coordinator, Cindy Boyden, via LSTA@library.ohio.gov, or 614-644-6863.
What Can You Buy?
Any title listed on the COBAA Book List, from any vendor in any quantity, in the following formats:
- Graphic Novel
- Foreign Language
- Large Print
- Books on Disc
**Note: some titles may be out of print**
***If you are purchasing any title(s) above list price, provide an explanation within your responses to the required application questions***
What Can’t You Buy?
- eBooks/digital books
- Student/Teacher Guides
- Classroom Sets
Who Can Apply?
- Public Libraries receiving Public Library Funds (PLF)
- If multiple branches within a public library system apply, each application must identify a specific audience and need; each application must be unique.
- School Libraries/Media Centers that are accredited by the State
- If multiple libraries or media centers within a school system apply, then each application must identify a specific audience and need; each application must be unique.
- Academic libraries must be part of an accredited institution of higher learning
- Special Libraries
Are Matching Funds Required?
No, matching funds are not required for this special LSTA grant program.
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