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Library Improvement Grant Message from the Director
Library Improvement Grants Available for 2017

Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director announced on December 6, 2016 that the Library Improvement Grants are available for 2017.  Accredited Nebraska public libraries and state-run institutional libraries (listed at the following link) are eligible to apply for grants under this program, funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

                  Eligible state-run institutional libraries

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 PM (CT) on January 24, 2017.  Grant recipients will be announced by February 14, 2017.

In order for a project to be funded it must meet one or more of the following five "LSTA Purposes" from the Nebraska Library Commission's Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan 2013 -- 2017.

  • Facilitate access to resources . . . for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry;
  • Encourage resources 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 provide 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.

Priority will be given to grant requests seeking membership in the Pioneer Nebraska Library Automation Consortium.

The Library Improvement Grants' overall goal is to aid the Nebraska Library Commission in meeting its mission and goals by facilitating growth and development of library programs and services in Nebraska public and institutional libraries. The grants supplement local funding with federal funds designated for these purposes. (Grant funds may not be used to replace local funding, nor may they be used to support ongoing operations.)

  • 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.

Applications are accepted online only.  To begin go to the following.

There you will also find the grant application form, a list of 2017 grant applications as they are received, and reporting form(s) required for this grant.  For questions concerning the Library Improvement Grants, contact Christa Porter at 800-307-2665, 402-471-3175