All academic, school, special, tribal, and legally established public libraries in the state of Oregon, as well as non-profit organizations partnering with Oregon libraries, are eligible to apply for project funding through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant.
Each fiscal year, the State Library of Oregon budgets approximately 20 to 25% of the state's LSTA allotment for competitive grant projects (contingent upon federal LSTA funding). For FY2019, we anticipate the ability to award a total of $450,485.
Over the last 5 years, the average amount awarded was $51,669, and the median award amount is $39,619. There are typically between 10 and 15 LSTA competitive grant projects awarded each year.
Project activities and expenditures should fit within the state fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), and grant funds are delivered as periodic reimbursements to the grantee for grant-related expenses. Grant recipients submit quarterly reports on programmatic progress and expenditures, as well as a final report following the end of the project year.
Current Competitive Grants
FY2018 LSTA Competitive Grants have been awarded to:
- Central Oregon Community College, Barber Library & Learning Commons
- Lewis and Clark College, Aubrey R. Watzek Library
- Multnomah County Library
- Springfield Public Library
- Warrenton Community Library (in partnership with Seaside Public Library, and Libraries ROCC)
- Scappoose Public Library District
- Umatilla County Special Library District
- Washington County Cooperative Library Services
- Oregon Library Association
- Vale City Emma Humphrey Memorial Library
- Independence Public Library
- Waldport Public Library
Applications for (FY2019) LSTA Competitive Grants will be available starting November 1, 2018. Please check this page again at that time.
Draft applications (State Library staff and LSTA Advisory Council members will provide comments and feedback) will be due in early/mid December 2018. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft application.
The deadline for final applications will be February 1, 2019. These will be reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Council in March, and the Council's recommendations will go to the State Library Board for their approval in April. Applicants will be notified of their application status by May 1, and projects may begin July 1, 2019.
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LSTA Project of the Year
The LSTA Advisory Council reviews final project reports each September and may recommend to the State Library Board a LSTA Project of the Year.
Criteria for indentifying an exemplary project includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Project effectively addressed or fulfilled the stated need of the grant
- Achieved community impact
- Delivered on the outcomes
- Shared their learned experiences
- Demonstrated the ability of project to collaborate with other partners and leveraging other funding
- Showed potential of the project to have longer-term benefits and impact on an individual, an organization, a local area or a social issue
- Demonstrated innovation and/or risk
Grantees who are awarded the LSTA Project of the Year will be notified in late fall or winter following the completion of their grant project.