ARPA Grant

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2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Library Grant

The State Library will be using the Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA funding to award project grants to public libraries in Kansas of up to $25,000.  Public libraries are encouraged to apply for the purpose of responding directly and immediately to the pandemic, as related to economic and community needs through equitable approaches.

Grant purpose priorities are as follows:

  • Support digital inclusion efforts to enable libraries to reach residents such as through internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi, and digital content and related resources, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs;
  • Provide rapid emergency relief to libraries, allowing them to safely respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols; 
  • And support library services that meet the needs of their communities.

The  ARPA  grant  is  following  similar  guidelines  and  provisions  as  the  regular  LSTA  grant,  in  that  we  must follow allowable funding guidelines and reporting procedures. 

  • Grants may be awarded from $1,000 to $25,000 according to the project budget and meeting purpose priorities.
  • Grants can’t  be used for construction projects, advocacy, salaries, food, debt, or fundraising.•Project spending needs to be completed between August 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022.
  • There is no match or MOE requirement for the State Library or the participating library.

Timeline:

  • Informational webinar via Zoom: June 14, 2021 at 2pm.
  • Applications open: June 21, 2021 
  • Applications due: July 19, 2021 by 5:00 PM 
  • Last day to return signed agreements: July 30, 2021  
  • Grant period begins: August 1, 2021 
  • Project must be complete and all funds spent: January 31, 2022 
  • Project Report/Evaluation with supporting documentation: Due March 31, 2022

This opportunity for public libraries is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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