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
Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries
607 South Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Grants portion of the web site
Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries provides financial assistance to strengthen library services in the Commonwealth. These funding programs include the State Aid to Public Libraries Program, LSTA Grant Program, and the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Act Library Facilities Grant Program.
State Aid to Public Libraries
Public libraries that meet eligibility requirements can obtain state aid to support their general operating budgets and to leverage local financial support, particularly local government funding.
Academic, school, public, and special libraries that meet eligibility requirements can apply through a competitive grant process for federal Library Services and Technology Act funds to support a special project.
Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Library
Municipalities can apply on behalf of eligible public libraries for these funds to construct new library buildings, renovate or rehabilitate existing facilities, and make buildings accessible for persons with disabilities.
LSTA Guidelines & Applications
LSTA Five-Year (2008-2012) Plan for Pennsylvania
LSTA Five-Year (2003-2007) Evaluation Report for Pennsylvania
Use of State Funds in Pennsylvania
Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $5,633,066
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.
E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Focus: museums which are public charities and have a permanent collection for the purchase, restoration and conservation of Asian art and relating to education in Asian art
Focus: cutting-edge approaches that are timely, demonstrate potential for significant impact and can serve as a model for others in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties
Focus: costs associated with programs, direct services, general operations and capital projects related to education
Focus: K-12 educational partnerships; partnerships in post-secondary education [covers the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and West Virginia]
Eastman Chemical Company Foundation
Focus: educational programming; civic and community engagement [also available in Texas and Tennessee]
Eden Hall Foundation
Focus: Educational programs dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of useful knowledge. Support of schools is generally confined to four-year privately funded and controlled colleges, universities and other educational institutions
Focus: Pittsburg public schools
Focus: programs in the areas of education and arts
Focus: a range of community-related initiatives, including those in education, in Western Pennsylvania, mainly the Pittsburgh area
Focus: educational and scientific purposes in Delaware Valley
Focus: a broad range of community initiatives in in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties
Focus: civic engagement; research and dissemination of findings to impact policy
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Focus: education and educational programming in Southwestern Pennsylvania
William Penn Foundation
Focus: innovative educational projects; school readiness; youth development; and public education in the Greater Philadelphia region
GRANT INFORMATION CENTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA
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.
Beaver County Library System
109 Pleasant Dr., Ste. 101
Allentown Public Library
1210 Hamilton St.
Northampton Community College
Paul and Harriett Mack Library
3835 Green Pond Rd.
Montgomery County Community College
The Brendlinger Library
340 Dekalb Pike
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library
680 Radcliffe St.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
200 Prospect Ave.
Erie County Public Library
160 E. Front St.
Franklin Public Library
421 12th St.
Dauphin County Library System
East Shore Area Library
4501 Ethel St.
Hazleton Area Public Library
55 N. Church St.
Lancaster Public Library
125 N. Duke St.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Regional Foundation Center
1901 Vine St., 2nd Fl.
The Johnson-Ugo Foundation Library
United Methodist Neighborhood Services
804 North Broad St.
Phoenixville Public Library
183 2nd Ave.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Ave.
Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center
1151 Oak St.
Reading Public Library
100 S. 5th St.
Albright Memorial Library
500 Vine St.
Community Library of the Shenango Valley
11 N. Sharpsville Ave.
55 S. College St.
James V. Brown Library
19 E. 4th St.
159 E. Market St.
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