Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the major federal grant
program for libraries, was passed September 25, 2003. Administered by
the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it:
Florida’s grant program is based on the purposes of LSTA and developed from the following goals and outcomes provided in Lead…Develop…Innovate…Florida’s Library Services and Technology Act Plan, 2008-2012, incorporated herein by reference:
libraries and nonprofit organizations primarily related to the
provision or support of library services are eligible to apply for LSTA
funds. Nonprofit organizations must be qualified or registered pursuant
to Chapter 617, Florida Statutes, and be in good standing.
To receive a grant:
The following entities are eligible to apply for LSTA funds:
Number of Applications: There is no limit on the number of applications a library may submit.However, libraries must prioritize all applications submitted. Capability to implement a project and the track record of previously implemented projects will be considered as factors in awarding grants. Each library should assess its ability to implement multiple grants before submitting applications.
Number of Years of Project Funding: There is no limit on the number of years that a project may be funded. Applications are evaluated and grants awarded on a single year basis.
Based upon the year of the project’s funding, different application requirements are used. Applications for the first year of a project must be submitted utilizing the first year project application instructions (page 17). Applications submitted for subsequent years of funding must apply based upon the continuing project application instructions (page 26). A library’s track record - including effectiveness of evaluation - will be taken into account for multiyear projects.
Grant Award Amounts: There is no minimum or maximum amount of grant funds that may be awarded. The amount of grant awards will be determined each year based on the availability of funds, and the evaluation of applications according to established program priorities and criteria for evaluation of applications.
No specific dollar amounts have been set aside to fund grants in certain categories. Available grant funds will be awarded to projects that are the most competitive and most appropriately help the state meet the goals and outcomes outlined in Lead…Develop…Innovate…Florida’s Library Services and Technology Act Plan, 2008-2012.
Matching Funds: If a project requests less than $10,000 ($0-$9,999) in grant funds, no matching funds are required. All other projects must provide local matching funds that equal a minimum of 1/3 of the amount of federal funds requested or awarded. A library in a county or community with rural status may request a waiver of the match requirements at the time of the grant application in compliance with Section 288.06561, Florida Statutes.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611