Minnesota’s 2014 LSTA Grant Window is Approaching

download_1.jpgAs no one connected with the field needs reminding, libraries rank high on the list of America’s most valuable, valued and versatile public institutions. Federal legislation like the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) aims to ensure they stay so for future generations.

The LSTA’s long-term goals include expanding libraries’ informational and educational resources, fostering the interconnectedness of public libraries, and enhancing the library experience for youth, disadvantage groups, and those in comparatively underserved (usually rural) areas of the country.

In broad brushstrokes, the LSTA consists of two parts: a competitive awards program coordinated at the national level, plus a large state grants component. In Minnesota, the latter is administrated by State Library Services, part of the Department of Education.

If you have a project on the docket that falls within an area of emphasis identified by State Library Services in its current Five Year Plan, you are strongly encouraged to submit a bid when the next grant application round opens on Tuesday, March 4.

If submission requirements seem a bit daunting, don’t worry. An informational webinar is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 7 to help you get started. Advance registration is not required.

Looking to get inspired? Click here to read abstracts on 2013’s twelve grant recipients.