Washington State Library (WSL) uses funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help support WSL strategic goals and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) priorities. WSL regularly makes funding available through different grants. The following opportunities are open either at specific times or throughout the year. For up-to-date information on grants as they become available, please visit, WSL Updates, available weekly and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
CARES Act Funding
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced on April 13, 2020 new stimulus funding, as part of the CARES Act, to help support the urgent needs of museums, libraries, their staff, and the communities they serve in response to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Washington State Library (WSL), a division of the Secretary of State, is responsible for distributing the IMLS CARES Act funding for Washington State and helping libraries, tribes and museums in the area of connectivity; paying special attention to needs arising from unemployment and economic instability.
Connectivity is vital for many essential activities. Overnight it became almost impossible for students to be able to attend school without it. Almost all job applications require it. Add to this the current economic situation and new social distancing mandated by Covid-19, and the existing digital divide has become an urgent issue. Through a special agreement with the Washington Military Department, facilitated by the Washington State Office of Broadband, WSL has acquired at least 1,000 hotspots for distribution. We’ll provide you with hotspots and funding for about for ten months of service for each. Eligibility has been determined by service population and economic data. You must complete this short application to receive your allocated hotspots. Depending upon demand, we may be able to expand this offering. We will start to process applications on 6/19/2020. OSOS will make a contract with each awardee.
WSL is offering awards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks, cleaning supplies, thermometers, plexi-glass barriers, etc. If you want to apply for funding for PPE, please follow this link. We will begin reviewing application on 6/19/2020. This application will remain open until 7/31/2020 or until funding is exhausted. Funding will be sent directly to the awardee.
Finally, WSL understands that due to the stay-at-home and social distancing policies in Washington State, libraries and museums need to be creative and offer programming in new ways to reach their patrons where they are. To help in the development of new outreach and programming, WSL would like to offer the opportunity for mini-grants of up to $3,000. WSL will be accepting proposals through 7/31/2020 or until funding has been exhausted, and awards will be made based on the merit of the application, including documentation of the need in the community, the program description, and the explanation of how it will be integrated. Funding will be sent directly to the awardee.
You can find a facsimile of each of these applications below.
You may send questions to [email protected]
Like many other offices, the WSL staff is largely working from home. Email is the best and only way to contact staff during this time. We are actively checking our email throughout the day, and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Including information on Microsoft LinkedIn Leanring Implementation & Expansion grants.
The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference is specifically for library staff from rural and small libraries. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy; effective trustee recruitment; inexpensive programming ideas; innovative web services with few resources; virtual networking; and many more. WSL awards two conference scholarships each year to staff from Washington libraries.
The Washington State Library and NewsBank have worked together to provide an extended trial of the Access World News Research Collection and the Seattle Times Integrated Solution, which includes the text, online and image version of the Seattle Times. The Access World News Research Collection also includes many other newspapers and sources from across the state of Washington. The trial will run through December 31, 2020. Sign up for a free trial.
Thank you for your interest in professional development grants. Funds for this year have been exhausted. Please check back in October.
Awards available for individual staff to attend events or to bring professional training to a library. Only libraries and library staff are eligible to apply for these grants. Eligible libraries include public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, and libraries in non-profit institutions. We encourage libraries to work together and we want to promote opportunities that will have an impact on the library patrons. A library may apply for various awards. The limit for PD grants is $6,000 per library per year.
The Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant cycle supports public, tribal, and academic libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives focused on archival and special collections of cultural and/or historical significance. Our purpose is to connect Washingtonians to their history, employing digital initiatives and other preservation strategies to tell the stories of local communities and to celebrate our common heritage.
Proposals may include digitization of archival and special collections, metadata creation, and related proposals.
This grant cycle has a limit of $8,000 per award.
LSTA Grants Manager
Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).