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
- 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
- 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.
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
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 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:
Library Improvement Grant Application
Library Improvement Internet Safety Certification
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 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)