Current Grant Cycles

There are no grant cycles open at this time.

Awarded Grant Cycles

The grant cycles listed below have been awarded but reporting has not been finalized. The information is provided for reference only.

Broadband 2014—CLOSED

The purpose of the 2014 Broadband grant cycle is to provide grant funds allowing public and tribal libraries to upgrade and add network hardware and software to take advantage of significantly enhanced broadband connectivity. Applicants must be CIPA compliant. Preference will be given to those libraries which participated in a Round One or Two ARRA Broadband (NTIA BTOP) grants awarded to the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) and to those libraries with a service population of less than 10,000.

Digital Literacy 2014—CLOSED

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

Digital Skills Training 2014—CLOSED

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide funding to public and tribal libraries to implement projects that support Digital Skills Training projects in their community.

Projects should focus on providing training and resources to directly enhance the skills of patrons. This will improve their ability to navigate an increasingly digital world. Digital Skills Training grant applicants are encouraged to utilize project partners. Project partners could include other libraries and community organizations such as non-profits, hospitals, credit unions, and local businesses.

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 (applying for health insurance, using online banking, etc.).
  • Use diverse technologies appropriately to retrieve quality information (accessing library and other quality e-resources via computers, tablets and smartphones, etc.).
  • Support the development of skills to communicate and work with others or to boost employability in a digital world (setting up and using an email account, online job searching, etc.).
  • Use productivity software and other technologies (word-processing, spreadsheets, graphics manipulation, etc.).

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $450,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $50,000 per library system. It is anticipated that nine (9) or more applicants may receive awards. Awards will be made contingent upon availability of funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and distribution of those funds by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Washington State Library staff 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.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, August 29, 2014.

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

Washington Rural Heritage 2014—CLOSED

Washington Rural Heritage is an initiative that supports small and rural libraries in the development of digital projects that serve historically unique items and collections online. The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide grant funds to small and rural, public and tribal libraries to encourage the development of long-term sustainable digitization programs at these libraries through the creation of an initial digital collection published as part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Collaborative partnerships among libraries, museums, schools, and other community organizations are encouraged, though not required.


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