State & Federal Grants
Grant Information Centers
STATE & FEDERAL GRANTS
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.
STATE LIBRARY AGENCY
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43201
Grants portion of the web site
State Library of Ohio distributes LSTA in one of three ways. Some funds are used in-house for programs that further the goals of the Five-Year Plan, such as, for example, the Summer Reading Program. LSTA funds also support a variety of statewide initiatives, including statewide resource sharing (Ohio Libraries Share: MORE), the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled program, library databases available to any Ohio citizens, and the KnowItNow 24-7 virtual reference services.
The remainder of the LSTA funds are distributed through the competitive grant programs: minigrants, full grants, and disability grants. All grant opportunities are available on a yearly cycle. Announcement of grant availability is posted on library listservs and the timeline for each grant cycle can be found on the web site.
For all competitive grants, a cash match of 25 percent of the total project cost is required. All types of libraries, public, school, academic, and special may apply for LSTA grants. Partnership and cooperative projects are especially encouraged.
LSTA Guidelines & Applications
LSTA Five-Year (2008-2012) Plan for Ohio
LSTA Five-Year (2003-2007) Evaluation Report for Ohio
Use of State Funds in Ohio
Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $5,307,272
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus: public education reform
Focus: community improvement; capacity building and leadership; arts and culture
Focus: a broad range of community improvement purposes
Focus: K-12 educational partnerships; partnerships in post-secondary education [covers the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia]
Foundation for the Tri-State Community
Focus: a range of educational purposes in Eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and southwestern West Virginia
George Gund Foundation
Focus: creation and support of new, innovative, schools in Cleveland that drive autonomy and accountability to the school level and create different teaching and learning conditions to ensure student success
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Focus: a range of educational projects [also available in Kentucky and Indiana]
Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
Focus: primary focus is mental health field, secondary interest is education in Summit County
Mary S. & David C. Corbin Foundation
Focus: education in Akron and Summit County
Nord Family Foundation
Focus: K-12 schools; early child education; literacy and adult education in Northeast Ohio [libraries are listed on the foundationís main areas of funding list]
GRANT INFORMATION CENTERS IN OHIO
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 Centerís electronic and print resources on grants and fundraising. Click to read more about Cooperating Collections. View a listing of titles available in Foundation Centerís 2011 Core Collection. Find a Cooperating Collection near you here.
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High St.
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
703 S. Main St., Ste. 200
Ashtabula County District Library
335 W. 44th St.
Stark County District Library
715 Market Ave. N.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Grants Resource Center
800 Vine St.
Foundation Center Office and Library
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave., Ne
Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library
Lee Road Library Branch
2345 Lee Rd.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Business And Technology Dept.
96 S. Grant Ave.
Dayton Metro Library
Grants Information Center
215 E. 3rd St.
Elyria Public Library Ė West River Branch
1194 W. River Rd. N.
Lorain County Community College
Barbara and Mike Bass Library
1005 N. Abbe Rd.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
6361 Selig Dr.
Lima Public Library
650 W. Market St.
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
42 W. 3rd St.
215 5th St.
Licking County Library
101 W. Main St.
184 Phelps St.
Edison Community College Library
1973 Edison Dr.
Portsmouth Public Library
1220 Gallia St.
University of Rio Grande
Jeanette Albiez Davis Library
218 N. College Ave.
The Volunteer Center of Erie County
300 Central Ave.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
Business Technology Dept.
325 Michigan St.
Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Rd.
Swedenborg Memorial Library
579 College Way
Kent State University
Trumbull Campus Library
4314 Mahoning Ave. Nw
Westlake Porter Public Library
27333 Center Ridge Rd.
Wayne County Public Library
220 W. Liberty St.
Greene County Public Library
Xenia Community Library
76 E. Market St.
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
305 Wick Ave.
Muskingum County Community Foundation
534 Putnam Ave.
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