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January 9, 2020

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the 2020 Summer Library Program (SLP) Grant in conjunction with the 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program “Imagine Your Story” theme. The purpose of the grant program is to empower libraries to enhance their 2020 SLPs with library-led activities that spark creativity and productivity, engage individuals, and benefit their communities. Libraries may apply for up to $1500 in federal LSTA funds to support their SLP and need to provide a 25% local financial match of the total project cost.

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 2020 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 groups.

The cash local match may be from the library budget, donations, fundraising, etc.

This grant does not require the project coordinator to have an MLS/MLIS degree. Also, please note that use of CSLP themes and materials is NOT required for a library to be eligible for this LSTA grant.

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
  • Ohio Academic libraries that are accredited institutions 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 February 7, 2020. The grant term runs from April 1 – August 31, 2020. The grant application process has been updated to a required online application.

 Questions on the Ohio LSTA grant process should be addressed to Cindy Boyden, cboyden@library.ohio.gov or 800-686-1532 or 614-644-6863.

 Questions on the Summer Library Program should be addressed to Janet Ingraham Dwyer, jdwyer@library.ohio.gov or 800-686-1532 or 614-644-6910.

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Summer Library Program grant opportunity and the Ohio LSTA grant program.

Click here to learn more about summer library programs and the CSLP.


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 marshams@library.ohio.gov