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Community Connections Grant Program

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Purpose: To provide grant funding to libraries to hold unique, interactive, community-oriented events or programs. These events will promote the culture or history of participating communities and should be designed to strengthen relationships between people from different backgrounds through diverse learning experiences.  These grants are offered under goal 3 of the LSTA Five Year Plan: Community Engagement.


Who Is Eligible?

  • A public library or library system that meets the eligibility requirements for the Aid to Public Libraries Fund;
  • Community college libraries;
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities member libraries; and
  • University of North Carolina system libraries, which includes libraries serving the Area Health Education Centers.

How Much Money Is Available?

Libraries are eligible for reimbursement of $1,000 to $3,000 for the purchase of items to support their program or event including contractual services and supplies necessary to the project. Expenditures must be allowable per federal guidelines. Food and beverage purchases are not allowed.


How Will the LSTA Community Connections Grant Program Work?

Libraries will submit an online application to the State Library by 12 p.m. July 13, 2018.  The agency will review applications and notify applicants via email of funding decisions by July 20, 2018.  After grant agreements have been distributed AND all parties have signed the grant agreement, approved expenditures may begin. Grant activities must be completed by December 31, 2018.  A single LSTA Reimbursement Request Form and Final Report Form must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019.


LSTA Online Signature Page: 

It may take a few days or a few weeks for your organization to obtain the required signatures so be sure to plan enough time for your local situation. Once the LSTA Online Signature Page has been generated, the project manager will receive an email with a PDF file of the completed in form. Print the emailed signature page PDF, obtain the required signatures in blue ink, scan the signed LSTA Online Signature Page and email as an attachment to Include the library name and Project Title in the subject line.  


Final Report Requirements:

Participants are required to provide the State Library with a short narrative and at least 3 types of items such as photos, comments and/or video clips from the events. The State Library will provide participants with printed comment cards or scripts to gather feedback from attendees at the events. State Library staff will make every attempt to assist with documentation of events through photography or videography if requested by an awarded library. Additional information required includes: length of program, number of times the program was administered, and number of attendees. Please note, IMLS surveys may be required depending on activities of project.

See the grant review rubric for further guidance. 





For general questions, contact Amanda Johnson at (919) 807-7421 or or Lauren Clossey at (919) 807-7416 or

For questions regarding the grant process, contact the Grants Assistant at (919) 807-7428 or


This project was made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).