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January 18, 2023

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the 2023 Summer Library Program (SLP) Grant.  The purpose of the grant program is to empower libraries to enhance their 2023 SLPs with library-led activities that spark creativity. A maximum award of up to $2,000 in federal LSTA funds, with local matching funds of 25%, are required for this grant.

Libraries may use the awarded federal funds to purchase program materials, supplies, and/or contractual services for the activities offered to the community during the 2023 SLP.  Please refer to the FAQs tab for specific guidelines on the use of awarded funds.  Participating libraries are encouraged to collaborate with other community entities, organizations, or agencies that also serve the targeted age groups.

Who Can Apply?

  • Public libraries eligible to receive Ohio Public Library Funds (PLF)
  • School libraries located in a school that is accredited by the State of Ohio
  • Libraries that are part of an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Special libraries within Ohio
  • Ohio library consortia, professional associations, and regional library systems identified in “Libraries in Ohio,” LSTA Five-Year Plan 2018-2022

All applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The grant term runs from April 1 – August 31, 2023.

Please note: This grant does not require the project coordinator to have an MLS/MLIS degree.

Additionally, the use of Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) themes and materials is NOT required for a library to be eligible for this LSTA grant.

Questions on the grant or LSTA grant process should be addressed to Jeff Regensburger, LSTA Coordinator, at

Questions about developing SLP activities aligned with the purpose of this grant may be addressed to Youth Services Consultant Janet Ingraham Dwyer at

Learn more about the 2023 SLP and CSLP resources.

The State Library of Ohio administers Ohio’s LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875