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2020 CARES Act Grant Program

CARES Act Grant Application


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Applicant Name
Phone Number     Email
City      Zip
Project Director

1. Purposes

Indicate which of the following Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and/or CARES Act purposes will be addressed by your project by checking one or more of the following (you must check at least one item in section 1a):

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, 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.

1a. CARES Act-Specific Purposes

To prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19

To expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services.

Executive Summary:

Summarize the essence of your CARES Act Grant.
Strong Suggestion: Use the terminology and information from the rest of this grant application form as you write the Executive Summary. This means you should use the choices you make on this application form (CARES Act Purposes, Beneficiaries, Project Outcomes – Expectations, and Project Budget) as you write the Executive Summary. You may wish to print out and complete your application form in preparation for writing the Executive Summary.

2. Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries are the people who will use, visit, participate, or otherwise experience a project activity. Indicate who will benefit from this project. Choose one of those listed below as the primary beneficiary.

Is the activity for the general population or for a targeted group?

General Population

Targeted Group

If a Targeted Group is the Beneficiary, please complete the following ten questions:

Which best describes the geographic community?




Select one or more of the following Activity target age groups:

All Ages 26 – 49 years
0 – 5 years 50 – 59 years
6 – 12 years 60 – 69 years
13 – 17 years      70+ years
18 – 25 years

If the Activity is directed at those in one or more of the following economic situations, select one or more:

People who are living below the poverty line


If the Activity is directed at ethnic or minority populations, select one or more:

American Indian or Alaska Native


Black or African American

Hispanic or Latino

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Is the Activity directed at families?   Yes No

Is the Activity directed at intergenerational groups (does not include families)?   Yes  No

Is the Activity directed at immigrants/refugees?  Yes   No

Is the Activity directed at those with disabilities?  Yes   No

Is the Activity directed at those with limited functional literacy or informational skills? Yes    No

Is the Activity directed at groups that fall into a category not already listed?  Yes   No

If Yes please describe:

3. Project Outcomes – Expectations

What Outcomes do you anticipate from your project? What difference(s) do you think this project will make?

What methods do you anticipate using to determine or measure these Outcomes? Check all that apply:


Participant Observation

Review of Administrative Data

Interview/Focus Group


Do you anticipate continuing the project after the current reporting period ends?



Do you anticipate any changes in the project's scope?



Do you anticipate any other changes in the project?



4. CIPA Compliance Certification

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. Grantees need to certify that the library complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) for grant proposals involving access via the Internet.

Upon submission of this grant application, I hereby certify that:

This organization is CIPA compliant. The applicant library has complied with the requirements of section 9134(f)(1) of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The CIPA requirements do not apply because no funds made available through this grant will be used to purchase computers used to access the Internet or to pay for direct costs associated with accessing the internet.


5. Project Budget

2020 CARES Act Grant
Proposed Project Budget Spreadsheet

(figures rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount)

Category Grant Funds Short Description
Digital Content
Unemployment Related
COVID-19 Response Supplies
Virtual Programming

Please describe what you will do with each of the budget items and amounts listed:

Applications will be accepted up through 11:59 PM (CT) on June 30, 2020.

If you have questions about the CARES Act Grant Program, contact:
Christa Porter
Nebraska Library Commission
c/o CARES Act Grant Applications
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023

Phone: 402-471-3107, 800-307-2665
Email: Christa Porter

For more information, contact Christa Porter.