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Learn about Oregon's LSTA Competitive Grants Program

Overview

Each year the State Library of Oregon funds approximately $600,000 in competitive grants to legally established libraries and non-profit entities serving libraries in Oregon.  Public, academic, and special libraries are eligible.  School libraries are also eligible, but school library grants should be high-profile and coordinated with the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The State Library does not award grants to individuals. 
 
A primary criteria in awarding a grant is that it supports the state's Five-Year Plan, or the purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act. 
 
Grant projects can be small or large as the project scope demands, but smaller projects generally have a better chance of being funded.  Projects may be funded for up to three years by a series of one-year competitive grants.  One- or two-year projects are viewed more favorably than a three-year project.  The LSTA grant program won't replace personnel or other operating costs, fund building projects, or purchase books or equipment without a strong programming component.
 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the "Use these resources to help with a grant application" section as they develop proposals.

 

Process and Timeline Overview

Oregon's LSTA competitive grant application process has changed from a two-step process to a single-step process. Proposals are generally due in mid-April with approved grant projects beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. There will be no extensions so project timelines must be carefully planned.

There is an opportunity to receive feedback from Library Support and Development staff and LSTA Advisory Council members before the application deadline. Applicants submit their draft proposals electronically and feedback is provided within about four weeks and can be reviewed online. While this step is optional, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in this feedback process.

The LSTA Library Advisory Council reviews all final proposals during their May meeting and submits funding recommendations to the State Library Board. The State Library Board reviews proposals and recommendations and makes their final funding decisions at their June meeting.

Other than the start and end dates of approved grant projects, other deadlines change year to year. Below is an overview of the annual calendar as it relates to LSTA competitive grants. A detailed timeline is published in the "Apply for an LSTA grant" section, typically in October.

January: Grant application materials published and widely announced

February: Draft grant proposals submitted to State Library for feedback by staff and LSTA Advisory Councils members (optional but highly recommended)

March: Feedback on draft grant proposals completed

April: Grant proposals due at the State Library

May: LSTA Advisory Council meets to review grant proposals and form recommendations

June: State Library Board meets to approve funding for grant proposals

June 30: Previous year's grant projects end, no exceptions

July 1: Current year's grant projects begin

September: LSTA Council meets to review final reports from previous year's grants and discuss updates to the grant application process

October: Upcoming grant application timeline with specific deadlines is published (see: Apply for an LSTA grant).

 

Questions? Contact Ross Fuqua at 503-378-5027 or ross.fuqua@state.or.us​.