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Grants for Public Libraries

Information on LSTA grants and other funding opportunities.

Allowable and Unallowable Costs for LSTA Grants

LSTA grants include ARPA and CARES Act Grants and all Allowable and Unallowable costs apply.

Guidance from our Federal grantor, the Institute of Museum and Library Services may be found here.

Examples of Unallowable Costs include:

  • individual memberships (institutional memberships are allowed)
  • furniture (unless it is necessary to support an LSTA-funded program)
  • general promotion, advertising, and marketing of a library (marketing an LSTA-funded program is allowed w/ correct acknowledgments)
  • entertainment
  • food
  • alcohol
  • speaker/presenter honorariums (speaker fees are allowed, honorariums are not)
  • construction costs, this includes plumbing, electrical work, and installation costs

The State Library of California has a great resource that also lists the restrictions on LSTA funds here.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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