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Grants for Public Libraries

Information on LSTA grants and other funding opportunities.

LSTA Grants

LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) 

Every year, the Maryland State Library Agency (MSL) grants about $2 million of LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States program to public libraries in the state. These Federal funds are used to support staff development, innovative pilot projects, and to increase preparedness through funding strategic plans and facility master plans. The Public Library and State Networking Branch (PLSNB) staff act as grant liaisons to public libraries receiving LSTA funds through sub-grants. 

Complaint Policy

Complaints about the LSTA program may be forwarded to the LSTA Grants Coordinator who will prepare a response that is then reviewed and approved by the PLSNB Branch Director. The request is then reviewed and approved by the State Librarian who will respond to the request. Copies of the complaint and response are retained in the LSTA files per Federal requirements.

Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency: 

Title VI prohibits discrimination in any program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. In most cases, when a recipient receives Federal financial assistance for a particular program or activity, all operations of the recipient are covered by Title VI, not just the part of the program that uses federal assistance. Thus, all parts of the recipient's operations would be covered by Title VI, even if the Federal assistance were used only by one part. Title VI and the IMLS implementing regulations require that recipients take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to the information, programs, and services they provide. 

Indirect Costs

The Maryland State Library Agency allows public libraries to claim indirect cost rates for federal and state grants at no more than the de minimus rate of 10 percent.

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