LSTA Grants

We administer the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).

LSTA funds are used in one of three ways:

  1. Supporting in-house initiatives, e.g., the Summer Reading Program
  2. Supporting statewide initiatives, e.g., Ohio Libraries Share: MORE, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
  3. Competitive grant programs

Our staff works with the LSTA Advisory Council to determine funding priorities each year. Libraries may apply for either a planning grant or a project grant. Announcement of grant availability is posted on library listservs and application materials and the timeline for each grant cycle can be found on the website.

All types of libraries (i.e., public, school, academic and special) may apply for LSTA grants. Partnerships with other libraries and organizations are required.

Previously Funded Projects

Previously funded projects for the 2013 calendar year are available below.

Five Year Plan

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) requires each state to create a 5-year plan outlining how it will use LSTA funds for programs and projects to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services in the state. The State Library of Ohio worked with the State Library Board and the LSTA Advisory Council to develop the LSTA 2013 – 2017 Five-Year Plan.

The Open Grant program is currently closed. A revised Open Grant program will be announced soon after July 1, 2015.

The LSTA Open Grant program will allow libraries to address a specific customer need or develop an innovative program idea. This program will allow applicants to assist the library in carrying out their mission and plan while helping the State Library address LSTA goals. All projects must focus on the needs of a specific target audience. We recommend that applicants speak with LSTA staff or a Library Development Consultant about their project idea for feedback and guidance prior to submitting the application.

The LSTA Open Grant program allows applicants as much flexibility in the development of their project as possible. Applicants may seek awards for projects that do not fall within the funding parameters of the current LSTA category or that fall outside of the timeline for those projects. The Open Grant encourages libraries to be flexible, innovative and creative.

Proposals may request no more than $4,999 in federal funds. A financial cash match of 25% of the total project cost is required from the institution. In-kind contributions do not qualify as matching funds. For example, if the federal request is for $4,999 the in-cash match must be $1,250.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as a complete package to lsta@library.ohio.gov.

Questions may be addressed to Missy Lodge at mlodge@library.ohio.gov, lsta@library.ohio.gov or 800-686-1532.

The Request for Proposals and other pertinent documents are found below.

Open Grants

LSTA Publicity Information

All publications, press releases, websites, events, and products (including promotional materials) produced as part of the LSTA project must credit both the State Library of Ohio and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS logos, taglines, and guidelines are detailed in the Grantee Communications Kit.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services suggests you use the following language when writing press releases: “Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio…..”

In terms of publications, products, and events, the LSTA Office recommends using one of the following options.

This project was supported in whole or in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of IMLS or the State Library of Ohio, and no official endorsement by either agency should be inferred. Or,

This publication was funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio. The content does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the granting agencies. Or,

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For space–saving concerns you may also use “This publication funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.”

If you promote grant-funded projects through social media, please be sure to tag both IMLS and the State Library.

Twitter: US_IMLS and statelibohio

Facebook: facebook.com/USIMLS and facebook.com/StateLibraryOhio

If you have any questions, please contact Missy Lodge at 800–686–1532, 614–644–6914, or mlodge@library.ohio.gov.

LSTA Equipment Policies

Equipment purchased as part of an LSTA grant is subject to federal regulations (45 CFR 1183.32), state and grant requirements.

Inventory Requirements

Equipment costing more than $5,000 per item purchased in whole or in part with federal funds must be carried on a federal equipment inventory. Each piece of equipment meeting the above requirements must carry a sticker with the project number, library inventory number and date of purchase. In addition, federal regulations require that the following information be kept as part of the equipment inventory form:

  • A description of the equipment including manufacturer’s model number, if any
  • Identification number, such as the manufacturer’s serial number
  • Identification of the grant under which the equipment was acquired
  • Vendor, acquisition date and cost
  • Federal share (percent of acquisition cost paid by LSTA funds)
  • All pertinent information relating to the ultimate transfer, replacement or disposition of the equipment

All equipment purchased as part of an LSTA grant must be inventoried. For cooperative projects equipment must remain on the inventory of the administering agency for the lifetime of the award. It is recommended that upon termination of the grant, the administering agency request, in writing, that the inventory be transferred to the participating libraries. Requirements for equipment disposition then become the responsibility of the individual libraries.

Guidelines For Equipment Disposition Due To Upgrades, Broken or Obsolete Equipment

Should a library wish to dispose of equipment purchased as part of an LSTA grant, they need to notify the State Library. A letter or email should be sent to the LSTA office indicating the grant name and project number or year, what equipment is to be disposed of and why. State Library staff will respond indicating that the library may trade–in, sell, or discard the equipment and any proceeds received shall be allocated for the library’s technology projects.

Guidelines For Equipment Disposition in Cases of Library Closures or Mergers

Should equipment no longer be needed for use in the library, it must revert back to the State Library for reallocation to another library. The State Library will redistribute equipment based on the following guidelines:

  • Equipment may not be transferred to a classroom or other facility not associated with a library.
  • If the Subgrantee Library has other operational library facilities (branches of a public library, media centers in a school district for example), the subgrantee may request permission from the State Library to transfer the equipment to one or more of the operating facilities.
  • If the Subgrantee Library does not have other operational library facilities or cannot use the equipment in those facilities, the equipment will be redistributed by the State Library in one of the following ways:
  • If the original LSTA grant was through a cooperative project (ITC, Regional Library System for example) the administering agency will make a recommendation to the State Library as to which library(ies) from the original grant should receive the equipment.
  • If the original LSTA grant was awarded to an individual library, the State Library in consultation with the library administration and other regional or network providers will determine what library(ies) should receive the equipment.