Mini- Grant Opportunities

Community Connections: She Changed the World

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. Successful applications will highlight notable North Carolina women or women's issues and interests, in conjunction with the She Changed the World initiative. 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 $5,000 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 11:59 p.m. December 1, 2019.  The agency will review applications and notify applicants via email of funding decisions by December 16, 2019.  After grant agreements have been distributed AND all parties have signed the grant agreement, approved expenditures may begin. Grant activities must be completed by June 30, 2020.  A single LSTA Reimbursement Request Form and Final Report Form must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020.

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. Additionally, awarded libraries are required to use the template Project Outcome surveys provided by the State Library for all interactive events. Additional information required includes: length of program, number of times the program was administered, and number of attendees.

For general questions, contact Amanda Johnson at (919) 814-6795 or amanda.johnson@ncdcr.gov or Lauren Clossey at (919) 814-6791 or lauren.clossey@ncdcr.gov.  For questions regarding the grant process, contact the Grants Assistant at (919) 814-6802 or lsta@ncdcr.gov.

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Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants

Purpose: To provide libraries with the opportunity to promote a more equitable and inclusive place to read, research, study, and work.  Projects may be for events, services or patron spaces and/or staff work areas. 

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 $5,000 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 11:59 p.m. December 1, 2019.  The agency will review applications and notify applicants via email of funding decisions by December 16, 2019.  After grant agreements have been distributed AND all parties have signed the grant agreement, approved expenditures may begin. Grant activities must be completed by June 30, 2020.  A single LSTA Reimbursement Request Form and Final Report Form must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020.

Final Report Requirements:

Participants are required to provide the State Library with a short narrative and utilize the Project Outcome/IMLS user surveys. Additional information required may include: length of program, number of times the program was administered, and number of attendees. 

For general questions, contact Amanda Johnson at (919) 814-6795 or amanda.johnson@ncdcr.gov or Lauren Clossey at (919) 814-6791 or lauren.clossey@ncdcr.gov.  For questions regarding the grant process, contact the Grants Assistant at (919) 814-6802 or lsta@ncdcr.gov.

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These projects were 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.