Current Grant Cycles

Current Grant Cycles

Exploring Technology: ET Kits grant cycle

EggBot in actionThousands of technology employment opportunities in Washington State are currently going unfilled because there are not enough qualified workers. The Washington State Library (WSL) believes that access is the perfect starting point for awareness and education surrounding technology. We want to empower libraries as exploration centers for youth. We believe that enabling libraries to offer technology programs will improve access, skills and opportunities for youth. This project is designed to help libraries engage up to 20 youth at one time to help them develop their technological skills.

This grant cycle offers a Lego® Mindstorms® robotics kit or an EggBot® robotics kit to four libraries in Washington State. We expect youth will increase their science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) skills through interaction with the kits.

An archive of our August 11 informational webinar is available in our Youth Services virtual classroom.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.

Download the guidelines and application form below:

Digital Literacy 2015—NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide funding to public, academic (two-year, four-year college and university), tribal, and school libraries to implement projects that support Digital Literacy projects in the community.

Projects should focus on providing skills and resources needed within a community and by patrons. Digital Literacy grant applicants are urged to utilize project partners. Project partners could include non-profits, hospitals, credit unions, local businesses, etc. Applicants are also encourage to do community outreach and work with underserved populations.

Projects should meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Encourage the development of skills required to communicate and perform business transactions in a digital environment with a focus on outreach to the community.
  • Use diverse technologies appropriately to retrieve quality information and make them accessible to all users.
  • Support the development of skills to collaborate with others to enhance employability in a digital and evolving world.
  • Provide digital literacy assistance to underserved populations including those populations that fall into the following categories: those below the poverty line, veterans, persons with disabilities, children, teens, English as a Second Language (ESL), immigrants, tribal and rural.

For the purposes of this grant cycle, the Washington State Library will be using the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force definition of Digital Literacy.

… the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.

A digitally literate person:

  • Possesses the variety of skills, cognitive and technical, required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats.
  • Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved.
  • Understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information.
  • Uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $75,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $7,500 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

Due to staffing limitations, Washington State Library staff are not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application. However, they are available to answer questions from potential applicants. Staff can help them determine if an applicant should adjust or proceed with their proposal, or modify their budget before they expend the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. Digital Literacy staff contact information is found in “Section 10” of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

The following resources are available as examples:

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015.

Find out more about Digital Literacy initiatives at http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/digitalliteracy.aspx.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

Washington Rural Heritage 2015—NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Washington Rural Heritage (WRH) is a program that supports public and tribal libraries in the development of historical digital collections (i.e., digitized primary and/or secondary sources of significance to local and state history).

The purpose of this grant cycle is to encourage the creation and/or continued development of long-term, sustainable digitization programs managed at the local level and hosted by the Washington State Library. Materials digitized using grant funds will be published online as part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Collaborative partnerships among libraries, museums, schools, and other community organizations are encouraged, though not required.

Public libraries, public library systems, or individual public library branches are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle. Applicants are subject to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) eligibility. Native American tribal libraries (as defined in Section 213 of LSTA) within Washington State are also eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle. For more information, please review the LSTA eligibility guidelines.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $25,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $5,000 per application. It is anticipated that five (5) or more applicants may receive awards.

Funds may be used by libraries to purchase equipment to:

  • Digitize material (e.g., scanners), or software to optimize digital files.
  • Train staff and volunteers to digitize.
  • Research and catalog items.
  • Pay salary of staff and contract services to digitize, research, and catalog items.
  • Provide outreach to promote digitization activities and completed digital collections.

Applicants must commit to submission of at least one hundred (100) items to the Washington Rural Heritage collection at the Washington State Library by the end of the grant cycle (August 19, 2016). Items submitted must follow the digitization specifications and metadata best practices outlined by the Washington Rural Heritage initiative. Applicants must consider copyright issues with the projects they develop in conjunction with their grant application.

Unfortunately, Washington State Library staff is not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application. However, staff is available to answer questions. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is found in Section 11 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: Postmarked by Friday, May 15, 2015 or hand delivered by 4 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

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