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Library Improvement Grants

In 2016 the Nebraska Library Commission will award federal funds to libraries through a competitive grant process. These funds are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with funds administered through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The purpose of the Library Improvement Grants is to facilitate growth and development of library programs and services in Nebraska public and institutional libraries, by supplementing local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes.

In keeping with the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act, these Library Improvement Grants are intended to help libraries meet the goals of the Nebraska Library Commission LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017. In order to be funded projects must meet one or more of the following "LSTA Purposes" from the Long Range Plan:

  • Facilitate access to resources . . . for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry;
  • Encourage resource sharing among . . . libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public;
  • Promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills;
  • Ensure the preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters;
  • Promote library services that provide users with access to information through national, state, local, regional, and international collaborations and networks.
We invite all eligible entities to submit project proposals for funding.

Eligible entities: Other organizations can partner with an eligible entity for purposes of submitting a grant application for a collaborative project.

Priority will be given to grant requests seeking membership in the Pioneer Library Consortium. See the following link for information on the Pioneer Consortium.

What is required of the applicant?
  • Grants require at least a twenty-five percent (25%) local match, of which at least 10% must be a cash match.
  • Grant recipients will meet all requirements outlined in the grant award documents, including crediting the Nebraska Library Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services in grant-related publications.
  • IMLS Guidance: The IMLS requires compliance with CIPA for those libraries receiving federal grant funds from the Library Commission for projects that involve Internet access. IMLS requires that E-Rate discounts (or equivalent discounts) must be applied for by libraries requesting funds to purchase computers to access the Internet or to pay for direct costs of accessing the Internet. This Certification form must be printed, signed, and mailed to the Library Commission with the grant application.
  • Grant recipients must follow the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 with regard to technology. Please review IMLS Advisory: E-books Reader Lending Programs, and note that IMLS encourages libraries to keep these laws in mind when acquiring new public access technologies.
Federal funds are distributed to the Library Commission as authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and administered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Federal agency that strengthens museums and libraries to benefit the public.

Table of Library Improvement Grant Web Pages:
    Online applications will be accepted up through 11:59 PM (CT) on January 28, 2016.
    Recipients will be announced February 17, 2016.

Library Improvement Grant Application
Library Improvement Internet Safety Certification (PDF)
Library Improvement Grant Dates
Library Improvement Grant Eligibility & General Guidelines
Library Improvement Grant Message from the Director
Library Improvement Grant Applications Received

Final Project Report (will be sent to all grant recipients)

For more information, contact Richard Miller.