State Aid for Public Libraries
State Aid funds are intended to promote, aid, and equalize public library service in North Carolina.
About State Aid
In other words, both the library's service area population and per capita income have an impact in determining the amount of State Aid allocated to your library. These factors recognize that if you have more people or poor people, then you need more money to provide library service. State Aid grant amounts are recalculated each year to take into consideration changes in population and per capita income.
Another factor impacting the amount of State Aid the library may receive is Maintenance of Effort (MOE). More information about MOE is available on the FAQ tab.
How to Apply
Application for State Aid is required annually. Application packets are sent in July by the State Library. State Aid Application Assurance of Professional Salaries Checklist Average Maintenance of Effort and Declaration Maintenance of Effort Report and Declaration Maintenance of Effort Worksheet.The application forms are sent in July and completed forms are due September 15th. These forms may not be submitted online so please plan accordingly so that all forms arrive at the State Library office by the September deadline.
Besides an annual audit, which is required when applying for State Aid, several other documents must be included in a State Aid submission. To view a sample checklist of required documents, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered a Long Range Plan?
A long-range plan of service is one of several eligibility requirements for State Aid. Libraries may consider applying for an LSTA planning grant in order to work with an independent consultant on a strategic planning process while some libraries decide to manage the planning process in-house. Resources on strategic and long-range planning are available on the Public Library Standards libguide. You can find more information about the application process for the LSTA Planning Grant on the State Library's LSTA webpages.