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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.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Grants portion of the web site

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) provides leadership, advocacy, assistance, planning, coordination, and funding for the improvement of public libraries and public library systems for Wisconsin residents.

WDPIís ongoing activities include, among others, administering the state aid to public library systems program; administering LSTA; administering the Public Librarian Certification Program; providing consultation and assistance to public libraries and public library systems in the areas of Administration, Technology, Services to special populations, Services to youth, and Continuing education to coordinate a statewide summer reading program; collecting and disseminating public library statistics and directory information; establishing and promoting voluntary public library standards; and assisting libraries and library systems participating in the Federal E-rate program.

Information on the State of Wisconsinís budget may be found here.


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

Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $2,946,913

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.

Fleck Foundation
Focus: education initiatives in the Milwaukee area
Grant Guidelines

Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Focus: a broad range of projects that improve the lives of people living in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties
Grant Guidelines

Helen Bader Foundation
Focus: improvements to local education
Grant Guidelines

Kern Family Foundation
Focus: innovative programming in education
Grant Guidelines

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Focus: research and educational projects, programs, and other activities based in Milwaukee
Grant Guidelines

Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
Focus: early childhood education
Grant Guidelines

WEC Foundation
Focus: educational programming and outreach across the state of Wisconsin (WEC stands for Wisconsin Energy Corporation)
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.

Eau Claire
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St.

La Crosse
La Crosse Public Library
800 Main St.

University of WisconsinóMadison
Memorial Library
Grants Information Center
728 State St., Room 262

Marquette University
Raynor Memorial Library
Funding Information Center
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Library Foundation Collection
900 Reserve St.

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Jim Dan Hill Library
907 N. 19th St.

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