Funding opportunities for libraries are offered by government, corporations, and foundations. The links below offer some basic information about ways to find these opportunities and to apply to them. The New Jersey State Library’s Grants Manager discusses different opportunities on the Grants Blog.
- LSTA: The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. The LSTA Grants to States program is administered by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS) and funds are distributed to State Library Administrative Agencies to support statewide initiatives and to provide local support through subgrants or cooperative agreements. There is a requirement for a state match, which helps stimulate approximately three to four dollars for every federal dollar invested. See this page for information about LSTA and the New Jersey State Library. You can read the New Jersey State Library Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan and learn about the LSTA Advisory Council, an optional advisory group for the State Librarian per the Grants to States Program. As funding allows, LSTA subgrant opportunities will be featured on this “Grants for Libraries” page of the New Jersey State Library website. Information regarding Federal grants administration (especially relating to allowable costs) may be found in the Uniform Guidance.
- IMLS competitive grants: The Institute of Museum and Library Services also administers a competitive discretionary grant program for libraries. Check their website for current opportunities.
- NEH: The National Endowment for the Humanities has numerous collections preservation and access and program grants available for libraries.
- Other Federal sources: Check grants.gov for the latest opportunities across Federal agencies.
- The Per Capita State Aid program is the largest public library grant program administered by the New Jersey State Library and is the foundation of state support for public libraries.
- When funding allows, the New Jersey State Library is also authorized by N.J.A.C. 15:21 to administer additional grant programs beyond Per Capital State Aid. When available, such opportunities will be featured on this “Grants for Libraries” page of the New Jersey State Library website.
- Other New Jersey state agencies and statewide divisions of Federal agencies may offer grant opportunities for libraries. See the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Corporate and Foundation Support
Businesses in a local library community may choose to sponsor special programs and events. Families and corporations with strong community connections may also offer funding opportunities through private foundations.
- Check the “Private Grants Information” section of the New Jersey State Library’s LibGuide on Grant Information.
- This series of links may help locate grants offered by foundations.
- Applying for Foundation and Corporate Grants provides some basic information about approaching foundations and corporations.
Preparing Grant Applications
- Internet Resources on Grant Preparation provides some guidance for writing your proposal.