Graphic with State Library Logo LSTA Grants and IMLS logo
August 6, 2020

Libraries have responded to unparalleled challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic with innovative and creative solutions and an unwavering commitment to the values and principles of library service. As our profession and institutions transcend change, the State Library of Ohio invites all types of libraries to submit proposals for Ohio LSTA Competitive Grants within the following 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. October 2, 2020. A total proposal package should be submitted electronically to  Information on the competitive grant program can be found at: The Requests for Proposals are 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 2020 and the implementation period is January 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

Media Contact:

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