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LSTA Grants for Public Libraries: LSTA Impact Grants

Information about the LSTA program, instructions and forms for public libraries seeking sub-grants, and tips for evaluation of grant-funded services

Impact Grants

The Impact Grant application cycle for FFY22 and FFY23 now open!

Impact Grants are funded with Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the South Carolina State Library. Public library systems may apply for funds from $5,000 up to $50,000 for a project. Projects must incorporate specific outcomes for the target audience.

New this year, two different Impact Grants will be available — FFY22 Impact Grants (7 Month Project; February 2023 through September 30, 2023) and FFY23 Impact Grants (14 Month Project; July 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024). 

The FFY22 Impact Grant (7 Month Project) applications were due Thursday, December 15th, 2022.

The FFY23 Impact Grant (14 Month Project) applications are due Wednesday, February 15th, 2023.

FFY23 - 14 Month Project: How To Apply

FFY22 - 7 Month Project: How To Apply

IMPORTANT - Please read before applying for LSTA funds

Grants of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are available for public libraries across South Carolina. Reimbursement of related expenses is available for programs that allow libraries to develop, expand, deliver, or promote services and programs that are related to the six federal purposes.*

* The six Federal purposes as outlined in LSTA (20 U.S.C. 9141) are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;
     
  2. Developing library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;
     
  3. Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;
     
  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
     
  5. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
     
  6. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact the LSTA Coordinator, Alexandra Sanders, (803) 734-8917.

To submit a comment or complaint about the administration of LSTA grants, please contact the SCSL Director, Leesa Aiken, (803) 734-8668.

FFY23 Impact Grant Webinar

A FFY23 Impact Grant (14 Month Project) Training and Q&A Webinar will be held Tuesday, January 10th at 2:00 PM.

Register online at the South Carolina State Library Event Calendar: https://statelibrary.sc.libcal.com/calendar/events/ffy23-impact-grant-webinar

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