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June 12, 2018

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the availability of LSTA competitive grants.  Applications are being accepted in four categories:

  • Data Management and Analytics: Create strong libraries and communities by defining outcomes, developing assessments, drawing conclusions from data, data visualizations, and/or managing and using data to make better decisions.
  • Literacy: Supports the library role in the learning experience where literacy is defined as the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms and tools, and it encompasses early literacy, digital literacy, functional literacy, and others.
  • Outreach and Partnerships: Assist libraries in providing new and innovative ways of providing services to users and potential users and in reaching individuals at a range of locations and through a variety of methods.
  • STEM (or STEAM): Provides for innovative and adaptable projects which will include creative, educational, programmatic and/or instructional elements designed to increase skills and knowledge for student success.

All types of Ohio libraries are eligible to apply for LSTA funds. Applicants may request up to $50,000 in federal funds and all projects must include a 25% local cash match of the total project cost.  Applications must be received at the State Library by 11:59 p.m. August 31, 2018. A total proposal package should be submitted electronically to lsta@library.ohio.gov.  Information on the competitive grant program can be found at:  library.ohio.gov/services-for-libraries/lsta-grants/. The Request for Proposal is located under the “Available Grants” tab and Application Guidelines and other application materials are located under the “Apply” tab.

Recommended applications will be presented to the State Library Board for funding in December 2018 and the implementation period is January 1 – September 30, 2019.

Questions may be addressed to LSTA@library.ohio.gov or Cindy Boyden, cboyden@library.ohio.gov, 800-686-1532 or 614- 644-6863.

Media Contact:

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