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State & Federal Grants
Regional Foundations
Grant Information Centers

Several organizations distribute federal funds to U.S. libraries, including NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), but IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) is the largest. IMLS runs a grant program known as LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), which supports the delivery of library services in the United States. LSTA distributes funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA), also known as "state libraries," who then use the funds to support a range of libraries in their state.

Missouri State Library
600 West Main
P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387
Grants portion of the web site

Missouri State Library provides direct library and information service in support of the executive and legislative branches of Missouri state government. It also provides library service to blind and physically handicapped residents of Missouri and promotes the development and improvement of library services throughout the state.

In addition to LSTA, Missouri State Library grant programs include:

State Aid
Half of the state aid appropriation is distributed to qualifying public libraries as a per capita payment, and the rest is distributed in equalization payments to the most economically challenged libraries.

Athletes and Entertainer Tax Fund
This is a tax on the earnings of professional athletes and entertainers when playing or performing in Missouri. It is collected by the State of Missouri and in the case of public libraries, is to be used to purchase books and other library materials.

Funds Transfer Payments to Missouri Public Libraries
These reports show payments to Missouri public libraries for state aid, and should help libraries check the status of payments made by funds transfer. The report contains the date of payment, purchase order number, library, and state aid amount.


LSTA Guidelines & Applications
LSTA Five-Year (2008-2012) Plan for Missouri
LSTA Five-Year (2003-2007) Evaluation Report for Missouri
Use of State Funds in Missouri

Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $3,080,330

These foundations have a history of supporting libraries or they provide grants for library and/or education-related initiatives in this state. Help us keep the list current by sending information on more foundations that librarians in this state should be aware of to grants@salempress.com.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Focus: youth education programs; education research and policy; higher education
Grant Guidelines

Francis Family Foundation
Focus: lifelong learning with a particular emphasis on early childhood development, and arts and culture
Grant Guidelines

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Focus: a broad range of community-oriented initiatives
Grant Guidelines

Hall Family Foundation
Focus: programs that enhance or promote excellence in elementary, secondary and higher education in the greater Kansas City area
Grant Guidelines

Kerr Foundation
Focus: education for all, particularly the young [states covered include: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas]
Grant Guidelines

Located nationwide in public libraries, universities, community foundations, or nonprofit organizations, grant information centers, also known as Cooperating Collections, provide visitors with free access to Foundation Center's electronic and print resources on grants and fundraising. Click to read more about Cooperating Collections. View a listing of titles available in Foundation Center's 2011 Core Collection. Find a Cooperating Collection near you here.

Missouri Southern State University
Resource Development Center
3950 E. Newman Rd., L-329

Kansas City
Kansas City Public Library
14 W. 10th St.

Kirkwood Public Library
140 E. Jefferson Ave.

Randolph County Caring Community Partnership
423 E. Logan

Springfield-Greene County Library
4653 S. Campbell

St. Louis
St. Louis Public Library
Schlafly Branch
225 N. Euclid Ave.

St. Peters
St. Charles City-County Library District
427 Spencer Rd.

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