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LSTA Grants for Public Libraries: LSTA Grant Programs

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

Available Grant Program Applications and Information

Applying for LSTA Grants

LSTA grants are available when notice is given in this libguide, under the conditions described.  All LSTA grants use an application process, each program having a specific application form and instructions. Explore the resources below to learn more about how to apply for an LSTA grant, how to design a competitive application, and other information about grant management.

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact the LSTA Coordinator, Wendy Coplen, (803) 734-0436.

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

LSTA Grant Descriptions

The LSTA Grants Program for FFY19 (October 2019 - September 2020) includes the following funding opportunities: 

  • Large Competitive Grants. Application period for the FFY18 cycle (State FY19) began after January 1, 2018 and awards have been made.
  • LSTA Mini-Grants. Projects will be announced as they become available.  
  • Summer Reading & Learning Program Grants. Grants up to $1,000 will be available for Summer Reading Programs in 2020.  This funding program is for public libraries only. The awards will be made February 2020.
  • Tuition Assistance Grants. These are available in limited amounts for each semester. Tuition grant applications are OPEN for the Fall 2019 session.
  • Continuing Education Grants. Application is open for CE opportunities including conference attendance. Typical awards are $750 for in-state conferences/classes and $1000 for out-of-state conferences/classes, and $500 for a multi-session online course. 
  • Planning Grants. Grants up to $2500 are for funding strategic planning and community needs assessment for public libraries. Planning grant applications will be available September 2019.

Note on grant expenditures for mileage reimbursement:  For grants with travel that includes mileage (driving a car instead of flying), the rate of reimbursement is $0.58/mile. 

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