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2020 Library Improvement Grant Program

Library Improvement Grant Application

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Project Director

1. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Purposes

Indicate which of the following LSTA Purposes will be addressed by your project by checking one or more of the following:

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.

Executive Summary:

Summarize the essence of your Library Improvement 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 (LSTA Purposes, Project Intent, Activity, Beneficiaries, Formats of the Activity, Project Outcome – 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. Project Intent

The Project Intent is the objective, intended result, or outcome of your project. Choose one of the following 13 boxes to indicate the Intent of your project:

Lifelong Learning:

Improve users' formal education

Improve users' general knowledge and skills

Information Access:

Improve users' ability to discover information resources

Improve users' ability to obtain and/or use information resources

Institutional Capacity:

Improve the library's physical and technological infrastructure

Improve library operations

Economic & Employment Development:

Improve users' ability to use resources and apply information for employment support

Improve users' ability to use and apply business resources

Human Services:

Improve users' ability to apply information that furthers their personal, family or household finances

Improve users' ability to apply information that furthers their personal or family health & wellness

Improve users' ability to apply information that furthers their parenting and family skills

Civic Engagement:

Improve users' ability to participate in their community

Improve users' ability to participate in their community conversations around topics of concern

3. Activity

An Activity is an action or actions through which the Intent of a project is accomplished. An Activity accounts for at least 10% of the total amount of resources committed to the project. Choose only one of the four Activity areas below to indicate the primary Activity of your project. Then choose one or more of the Modes for the Activity you chose:

Note: A Mode is a characteristic of an Activity.

Procurement – Involves purchasing facilities, equipment/supplies, hardware/software, or other materials (not content) that support general library infrastructure.

Mode: (not applicable)

Planning/Evaluation – Involves design, development, or assessment of operations, services, or resources.

Mode – When information is collected, analyzed, and/or disseminated (choose one or more)

Retrospective — Research effort that involves historical assessment of the condition of a project, program, services, operation, resources and/or user group

Prospective — Research effort that involves assessments of a future condition of a project, program, services, operation, resources and/or user group

Content — Involves the acquisition, development, or transfer of information

Mode – How the information is made accessible (choose one or more)

Acquisition — Selecting, ordering, and receiving materials for the library; may also include      procuring software or hardware for the purposes of storing or retrieving information or interacting with that information.

Creation — Design or production of an information tool or resources; includes digitization or the process of converting data to digital formal for processing by a computer.

Description — Apply standardized descriptive information to items in a collection for intellectual control, organization, and retrieval.

Lending — Provision of a library's resources and collections through circulation of materials; may also refer to the physical or electronic delivery of library documents to a residence or business.

Preservation — Effort that extends the life or useful life of a collection or of individual items by reducing the likelihood or speed of deterioration.

Instruction — Involves an interaction for knowledge or skill transfer

Mode – How learning is delivered or experienced (choose one or more)

Program — Formal interaction and active user engagement (e.g., a class on computer skills)

Presentation — Formal interaction and passive user engagement (e.g., an author's talk)

Consultation/Drop-In/Referral — Informal interaction with an individual or group; the provision of expert advice or reference services to individuals, units, or organizations


4. 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


Not Applicable

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

Not Applicable

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:

5. Formats of the Activity

A Format is a characteristic of a Mode. Using the same Mode(s) as you chose in question #3 above, indicate which Formats the project will be using:

Activity: Procurement — Format (not applicable)

Activity: Planning/Evaluation – Format



Third party



Third party

Activity: Content – Format




Combined digital and physical




Combined digital and physical




Combined digital and physical




Combined digital and physical




Combined digital and physical

Activity: Instruction – Format




Combined in-person & virtual




Combined in-person & virtual




Combined in-person & virtual

6. 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?




7. Project Budget

Nebraska Library Commission Library Improvement Grant Program
Proposed Project Budget Spreadsheet

(figures rounded to the nearest whole dollar amount)

Grants require at least a twenty-five percent (25%) local match, of which at least 10% must be a cash match.
The minimum grant award is $500.

Category Grant Funds LOCAL FUNDS
(25% match required)
Equipment & Capital Costs
Computer Equipment
& Peripherals
Operating Costs
Contractual Services
Personnel Costs  Note: not usually allowable grant cost, but can be used to show matching costs if dedicated to the project.
Salary & Wages

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

Please print, sign and mail in the Library Improvement Internet Safety Certification (PDF) separately. [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.]

Online applications will be accepted up through 11:59 PM (CT) on November 13, 2019.

If you have questions about the Library Improvement Grant Program, contact:
Christa Porter
Nebraska Library Commission
c/o Library Improvement 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.