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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, 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.

LSTA Grant Descriptions

The LSTA Grants Program for FFY23 includes the following funding opportunities: 

  • Impact Grants. Application period for the FFY24 cycle (State FY25) is open.
  • LSTA Mini-Grants. Projects will be announced as they become available.  
  • Summer Reading & Learning Program Grants. Grants up to $2,000 were available for Summer Reading Programs in 2024.  This funding program is for public libraries only. 
  • Tuition Assistance Grants. These are available in limited amounts for each semester. Tuition grant applications are OPEN.
  • Continuing Education Grants. Application is open for CE opportunities including conference attendance. Typical awards are $750 for in-state conferences/classes, $1,000 for out-of-state conferences/classes, and $500 for a multi-session online course. 
  • Planning Grants. Grants up to $2,500 are for funding strategic planning and community needs assessment for public libraries.

Note on grant expenditures for mileage reimbursement:  For grants with travel on or after January 1, 2024 that include mileage (driving a car instead of flying), the rate of reimbursement is 67 cents/mile.