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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.

Tennessee State Library & Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
Grants portion of the web site

Tennessee State Library & Archives (TSLA) uses its annual LSTA appropriation to support statewide library initiatives such as the Tennessee Electronic Library and AGENT, a statewide library catalog which promotes resource sharing. Federal funds also support the development of technology infrastructure in public libraries through grants for hardware and software and through ongoing technology assistance to small and medium-sized public libraries. In addition, federal funds are used to supplement public library services for the disadvantaged (e.g., family literacy initiatives, job training centers).

TSLA helps to support local public libraries with a total annual budget of approximately 7.6 million. The state funding supports the stateís Regional Library System, a network of 12 regional-based library facilities with personnel who provide materials acquisitions and cataloguing services, continuing education opportunities, technology assistance, outreach to the underserved, and other assistance to approximately 200 small to medium-sized public libraries throughout the state. The four metropolitan libraries (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) receive direct state aid through annual contracts. In addition, the state budget includes funds for matching library construction grant dollars available to public library building projects.


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

Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $3,204,074

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.

Assisi Foundation of Memphis
Focus: education and literacy programming
Grant Guidelines

Clayton Family Foundation
Focus: educational programming
Grant Guidelines

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Focus: collaborative approaches to community issues
Grant Guidelines

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Focus: a broad array of purposes in the areas of education
Grant Guidelines

Eastman Chemical Company Foundation
Focus: educational programming; civic and community engagement [also available in Texas and Pennsylvania]
Grant Guidelines

Hyde Family Foundation
Focus: transforming education; literacy
Grant Guidelines

Lyndhurst Foundation
Focus: enrichment of the educational, cultural, and urban environment of Chattanooga and the surrounding region
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 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.

United Way of Greater Chattanooga
Center For Nonprofits
630 Market St.

Johnson City
Johnson City Public Library
100 W. Millard St.

Knox County Public Library
500 W. Church Ave.

Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence
5100 Poplar Ave., Ste. 502

Memphis Public Library and Information Center
3030 Poplar Ave.

Nashville Public Library
615 Church St.

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