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2020 Summer Library Program Grant

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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.

Applications must be completed in ONE SITTING. Before initializing the application process, please review the application questions and obtain the required ready-to-upload documents.

Application Questions

  • Using statistics such as employment rates, free lunch program rate of reimbursement, or household income, tell us about your community.  (300 words maximum)
  • Identify a target audience or audiences that will benefit from the planned SLP grant project (e.g., elementary age students, new Americans, book clubs, families with young children).  (300 words maximum)
  • Identify the library’s collaboration and involvement with other entities in the community that work with the target audience(s). Provide links to their websites if possible. (300 words maximum)
  • Describe the planned activities or programs. If the activities or programs include an outside speaker or performer, provide a CV or Resume when uploading documents, and provide a link to their website if possible. (300 words maximum)
  • Describe how you will market and promote the planned activity and other components of your SLP. Note: libraries must adhere to the LSTA Publicity Information. (300 words maximum)
  • How do you expect the target audience(s) to benefit and grow from the planned program?  How do you intend to assess the outcomes of the project? Use specific examples.  (300 words maximum)

Documents Required for Application

  • SLP Title Page
  • SLP Budget
  • CV or Resume of Outside Speaker or Performer (if applicable)
  • Proof of cost from vendor(s).  This can be in the form of a quote, screenshot from your Amazon cart, etc.  If you have questions, please contact the LSTA Coordinator, via

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What Can You buy?

Materials, supplies, and/or contractual services for the activities offered to the community during the 2020 SLP. Examples of allowable costs include:

  • Speaker honorariums
  • Library materials in acceptable formats (print, physical audio books, Braille)
  • Programming supplies such as crafting materials

What Can’t You buy?

For the purposes of this grant, IMLS prohibits purchasing the following and similar expenses. NOTE: If an expense is non-allowable with federal funds, it is also non-allowable with the local matching funds, and therefore should not be indicated on the proposal budget. See the Budget FAQ for additional information. Examples of non-allowable costs include:

Are Matching Funds Required?

Yes! A financial match of 25% of the total project cost is required from the applying libraries. For example, if the total project cost is $800, the federal request would be $600 and the local financial match would be $200. In-kind contributions (donations, staff time, etc.) do not qualify as local financial match.

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

What is the Scope of this Grant?

  • The applying library must offer an SLP within the grant term (April 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020).
  • The program and/or activities must enhance the library’s SLP.
  • The library is encouraged to collaborate with other entities that work with the target audience(s).
  • The library must provide 25% in a local financial match to the allowable expenses covered by the grant.

Where can I learn more about the LSTA/IMLS Guidelines for this grant?

What is the Timeline of this Grant?

 All applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on February 7, 2020. The grant term runs from April 1 – August 31, 2020.

How is this grant reviewed?

All applications will be reviewed by State Library of Ohio staff.  If the application adequately addresses all elements of the grant requirements, the application will be recommended for funding.  If more proposals are eligible for funding than there are funds available, priority will be given to smaller libraries, rural libraries, and libraries in areas with high rates of poverty.  The LSTA Department is willing to review draft responses up to 10 days prior to proposal due date.  Draft responses may be submitted to; typically, feedback is provided within 3-5 business days.

Who Do I Contact for Questions?

Questions on the grant or LSTA grant process should be addressed to LSTA Coordinator Cindy Boyden at, 800-686-1532, or 614-644-6863.

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

These Summer Library Program report forms are also listed under the Report Forms tab on the LSTA webpage.

Summer Library Program Grant Financial Report

Summer Library Program Grant Narrative Report