Apply for Grants

LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic and community college libraries. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services to their communities. Follow us on the LD blog to get LSTA announcements including announcements of awards, data about NC libraries and resources for finding/using library data and stories and photographs featuring interesting projects happening at libraries around the state.

LSTA grant awards are 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. 

Application Updates

Application Updates

Important Dates

Libraries are invited to apply for funding that supports a new or improved program or service that will solve a specifc problem or met an identified need of the library's current or potential users for the 2019-2020 plan year.

Early September 2018

Annual Program Plan posted
Grant guidelines and application information posted
Letter of Intent Application posted
NC Cardinal Migration application and guidelines posted

November 1, 2018

Letters of Intent (LOI) due (Project grants only)
NC Cardinal Migration applications due

December 13, 2018

Letter of Intent and NC Cardinal applicants notified

February 28, 2019

Applications Due

June 6, 2019

Grant awards announced by

July 1, 2019

Anticipated Start Date for awarded grants; beginning of grant period

June 30, 2020

End Date of grant period


Program Information

Program Information

Eligibility Criteria

  • public libraries eligible to receive funding from the North Carolina Aid for Public Libraries Fund
  • community college libraries
  • UNC system libraries
  • private academic libraries (NCICU)

Program Information


Application Guidelines & Information

Application Guidelines & Information


2019-2020 Guidelines & Applications

Due November 1, 2018

NC Cardinal Guidelines & Application  (.docx)  (.pdf

Letter of Intent (LOI) Application  (.docx)  (.pdf

Due February 28, 2019

EZ Grant Guidelines & Application  (.docx)  (.pdf)

Project Grant Guidelines & Application  (.docx)  (.pdf

Year 2 or 3 Project Grant Application  (.docx)  (.pdf)


Matching Funds Calculator

Enter your total project cost (not including any Indirect Costs) and select your match percentage to get your local matching funds and LSTA funds.

Total Project Cost: $
Required Match Percentage

Local Matching Funds: $
LSTA Funds: $


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