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Oregon's LSTA Competitive Grants

About LSTA Competitive Grants

LSTA Competitive Grants in general
Each year, the Oregon State Library makes around $600,000 in competitive grants in the state to legally estsablished libraries, or non-profit entities serving libraries.  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 grant guidelines have more detail.  The State Library does not make grants to individuals.  One of the main 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 competitive one-year grants.  Projects with a one or two-year duration 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. 

Recent Grant Award History
Federal Fiscal Year
 # of Grants
Total Amount Awarded
Low Amount Awarded 
 High Amount Awarded
Median Amount Awarded 
FFY2015 10 $634,049 $ 25,319 $ 183,836 $ 45,038
FFY2014 5 $374,113  $24,072  $168,669  $67,558
FFY2013 10 $605,208 $ 4,023 $189,669 $42,255

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Grant Process and Time Cycle

The LSTA Advisory Council and the Oregon State Library have been making changes to Oregon's LSTA state program. The chief goal is to incorporate the lessons learned by grantees into future grant projects. To make this possible, there are changes in 2016 to the LSTA grant process and timetable.

Oregon's LSTA grant process is changing from a two-step to a one-step process. The proposal will be due on April 15th by 1:00 P.M., with grants  starting on July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. There will be no extensions so project timelines must be carefully planned.


LSTA Grant Timeline for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Mid-January 2016 Link for General Information and Grant Application Guidelines for Library Services and Technology Act grant cycle e-mailed to Oregon libraries and posted to State Library website via http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/LSTAcomp.aspx#Competitive_Grant_Packet
February 24, 2016

​Preliminary proposals due to the State Library (optional).  Send proposals for comment by Wedensday, February 24, 2016, as a word document via email ONLY to Ferol Weyand at ferol.weyand@state.or.us.

March 1-18, 
Comment period, on submitted preliminary proposals (optional), by LSTA Council members and Library Support staff
​March 25, 2016 ​Feedback sent to those who opted to submit prelimary proposals
April 15, 2016 Full proposals due at the State Library by 1:00 pm
May 16-17, 
LSTA Advisory Council meets at the Oregon State Library to review proposals and to make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Agenda posted to: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/LSTAcouncilmtgs.aspx
June 10, 2016
State Library Board meets to approve funding for proposals
Mid-June 2016 Draft of contract language on Library Support and Development LSTA web pages for grantee review
July 1,
Grants start. Grants end June 30, 2017, no extensions
Mid-Sept 2016 LSTA Advisory Council meets at the Oregon State Library to review last activity reports (OBE) and make recommendations about the 2017 grant packet.  Agenda posted to: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/LSTAcouncilmtgs.aspx
State Library Board of Trustees meets to consider LSTA Advisory Council's recommended changes to grant guidelines.
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Competitive Grant Packet

The most current LSTA grant packet is available.

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Help for Writing LSTA Grants

Copies of past grant proposals and applications are available on this website or from the Library Support and Development Services office of the Oregon State Library.  State Library Staff is happy to review proposals and provide feedback and advice to grant writers.  Please contact Ann Reed at (503) 378-5027 or email ann.reed@state.or.us.

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Resources for Current Grantees

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Allowable Costs

For a cost to be allowable for an LSTA grant award, the cost must be necessary to carry out one or more of the approved LSTA priorities.  In addition, it must be (1) reasonable, (2) allocable, and (3) not specifically disallowed by the State or local laws or regulations.  In cases where local or state policy is more restrictive, use local or state policy. 
Guidance and information on allowable costs is found in the Code of Federal Regulations.
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CIPA Information

  • 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards)
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