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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 School Library Association.  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. A single proposal will be due in mid-April, with grants being started 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
​Mid to Late- March 2016 ​Optional comment period on drafts of proposals via Google docs
April 15, 2016 Full proposals due at the State Library
​May 2016 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 2016
State Library Board meets to approve funding for proposals
​Late June 2016 ​Draft of contract language on Library Support and Development LSTA web pages for grantee review
​July 1, 2016 ​Grants start. Grants end June 30, no extensions
​Mid-September 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
​October 2016 State Library Board of Trustees meets to consider LSTA Advisory Council's recommended changes to grant guidelines.
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Competitive Grant Packet

Click HERE to go to the most current LSTA grant packet  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.
  • 2 CFR 220 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (aka OMB Circular A-21)
  • 2 CFR 225 - Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (aka OMB Circular A-87)
  • 2 CFR 230 - Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (aka OMB Circular A-122)
A summary of common allowable cost questions can be found in Appendix B of the grant packet.

Marketing and Advertising
LSTA funds may be used to advertise or market a particular LSTA-funded service.  There are, however, some limits.  Please contact us with any questions you may have.  Below are a few common questions.

bookmarks or brochures t-shirts, pens, mousepads, (anything with intrinsic worth) etc. with project URL and logo
graphic designer to design posters for the LSTA service using LSTA- funded labor on a non-LSTA project
promotion of a LSTA-funded service a library offers promotion of a library or particular agency per se, unless it is to a target audience listed in the LSTA priorities
TV, radio or billboard messages about the LSTA-funded service costs of meetings, conventions, or other events related to other non-LSTA grant activities of the organization

LSTA funds may not be used for lobbying activities.  The term “lobbying” is generally considered to cover any attempt to influence the outcome of any election, referendum, initiative or similar procedure, including the introduction of legislation, at the federal, state, or local level.  Note that lobbying also includes activities or the publication or distribution of literature that in any way tends to promote public support or opposition to a pending legislative proposal.   LSTA funds may not be used to pay the expenses of a campaign, political action committee, or other organization established for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections.  Survey questions asking about support for different tax rates are not allowable.  Drafting ballot measures or resolutions for local governments is also not allowed using LSTA funds.  LSTA funds do not support legislative liaison activities, including attendance at legislative sessions or committee hearings, gathering information regarding legislation, and analyzing the effect of legislation, when such activities are carried out in support of or in knowing preparation for an effort to engage in lobbying. 

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CIPA Information

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Information
Projects by public or school libraries, or consortia with public or school library members using LSTA grant funds to purchase equipment to access the Internet, or pay Internet service provider fees, must be in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.
  • CIPA Legislation - links to Supreme Court decision and legislation
  • ALA Site with Q&A on CIPA, filters, etc.
  • FAQ from 2003 Oregon LSTA cycle

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