Local Library Grant Application Deadline is May 20 | Compendium

Hello Library Community,

The Bureau of Library Development would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the 2024-25 Local Library Grants. As the application period is well underway, please be mindful that the deadline to submit your application is May 20, 2024, at noon. We encourage you not to delay; late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are planning to apply, make sure your organization has access to the eGrants platform and a functional Administrator Account well ahead of the deadline. You can find detailed information about eGrants access and eGrants Administrator accounts in the “Get Ready to Apply” section on the LSTA LibGuide.

Here are some key details about this year’s grant opportunities:

  • Three grants are open: Sustaining Success Grant for Family Place and Play & Grow Libraries, Professional Development Mini-Grant, and Excellent and Equitable Youth Services Grant.
  • Applicants must submit their application on the eGrants platform before noon on May 20, 2024.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • BLD expects to notify applicants in June 2024 regarding the status of their applications.
  • The grant performance period for project work is July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

These projects are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

More information may be found in the Compendium post from April 15, 2024:  https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/2024-25-local-library-grants.

For questions about the Excellent and Equitable Youth Services Local Library Grant process, please contact Corri Hines (cohines@pa.gov), School Age Services Advisor, and Heather Warren Smith (sheather@pa.gov), Early Childhood Services Advisor. For questions about the Sustaining Success Grant process, please contact Heather Warren Smith (sheather@pa.gov). For questions about Professional Development Mini-Grants, please contact Julie Moore (julmoore@pa.gov). 

The Bureau of Library Development (BLD) in the Office of Commonwealth Libraries supports libraries and library services for Pennsylvanians through the administration of state and federally funded programs and grant opportunities including LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), Library AccessLAMP (Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians), the Public Library Subsidy, and Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities. BLD also provides advisory services, professional development, and continuing education for library staff and volunteer leadership at public, school, academic, and special libraries.

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