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2019 Technology Grants

Library Development is pleased to announce the 2019 EZ Technology Program Grants.  The State Library is offering this funding in support of libraries who complete the updated Edge Assessment* and submit a 2019 Action Plan by April 14, 2019, 11:30p.m. 

Who Is Eligible?

Public libraries that meet eligibility requirements for the Aid to Public Libraries Fund (State Aid), AND have:

  • Completed the new Edge assessment*; and
  • Developed a new Action Plan of priorities using the Edge website.

All eligible libraries may apply; libraries that have not previously received an EZ Technology award will have priority for available funds. The goal of the LSTA EZ Technology Program is to help public libraries that have identified areas of improvement using the 2019 Edge Assessment and have developed a 2019 Action Plan based on that assessment to meet the public access technology needs of their communities. (For more information see: www.libraryedge.org).

How Much Money Is Available?

Libraries are eligible for reimbursement of $3,000 to $8,000 for the purchase of hardware, peripherals, and supplies that support the improvement of public access technology identified by the FY19 Edge Assessment; added warranties and subscriptions are not allowable.

How Will The LSTA EZ Edge Technology Program Work?

Libraries will select one or more Edge Benchmark(s) to address from their new Action Plan and submit an online application to the State Library by April 14, 2019, 11:30 p.m.  The agency will review applications and notify applicants via email of funding decisions on April 29, 2019.  After grant agreements have been distributed AND all parties have signed the grant agreement, approved expenditures may begin.  A single LSTA Reimbursement Request Form must be submitted no later than August 16, 2019; a final report is due on August 30, 2019.

What Can I Buy?

All purchases must relate to improving one or more specific Edge Benchmark(s) on the library’s Action Plan. Computer hardware such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, printers, software, servers or routers, assistive equipment, presentation and multimedia hardware, and accessories related to the items to be purchased (please be aware of ADA-compliance issues) are all allowable.  Funding for added warranties, licenses, and/or subscriptions is not allowable

Other Required Materials

A signed Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Form must be returned with the grant agreement for libraries that will purchase any technology that will access the Internet.

Application & Rubric

Please note the application will not be available until the updated Edge platform is released in late January. Click here to see a preview of the application.

In addition to the application, a completed signature page is also required to be submitted by April 14, 2019. A pre-filled signature page will be generated with you submit your application. See an example signature page.

Rubric

Questions?

For questions related to the Edge Initiative Assessment or Action Plan contact Amanda Johnson, at Amanda.johnson@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6795. For questions related to the grant application, contact Jackie Haske, Grants Assistant, at LSTA@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6802.

*Please note that the updated Edge Assessment platform will not be available until late January.  A notification will be sent to all libraries when the assessment available and an announcement will be posted on the Library Development Blog. If you would like to see a printed copy of the updated benchmarks, contact Amanda Johnson