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Library Improvement Grants

In 2017 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. This includes crediting the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Nebraska Library Commission when undertaking and promoting grant-supported activities by including the following statement in all published materials:

    This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

  • Projects which provide access to the Internet require compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA); this means Internet access must be filtered as required by the federal LSTA funding. Library Improvement Internet Safety Certification (PDF) [This is the form that certifies the library complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) for grant proposals involving access via the Internet.] Internet-related projects must also have applied for and received E-rate discounts (or show that the library already receives equivalent or higher discounts from Internet Service Providers).
  • 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.

NOTE: Availability of federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant monies for the Library Improvement Grants are contingent upon LSTA funding and federal action on appropriations not yet determined for the current federal fiscal year. This means that the Commission will need to wait until decisions have been made at the national level to know if these Library Improvement Grants can be funded. We do not know the dates these decisions will be made.

Table of Library Improvement Grant Web Pages:
    Online applications will be accepted up through 11:59 PM (CT) on January 24, 2017.
    Recipients will be announced February 14, 2017.

Library Improvement Grant Application NOTE: The 2017 deadline (1/24/17) has passed.
Library Improvement Internet Safety Certification (PDF)
Library Improvement Grant Dates
Library Improvement Grant Eligible State-Run Institutions
Library Improvement Grant Message from the Director
Library Improvement Grant Applications Received
Library Improvement Grant Completion Report

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

For more information, contact Christa Porter.