Grants Information

Washington State Library (WSL) uses funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help support WSL strategic goals Adobe Reader - Click to Download 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.

Grant opportunities and past awards

Including information on Imagine Academy Laptop and Tablet Lab, Metadata Cleanup Project, Refreshing School Libraries, Washington Digital Heritage, and Washington Rural Heritage.

ARSL Annual Conference Scholarships

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, 2019. Sign up for a free trial.

Professional Development (PD) grants

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.

Washington Digital Heritage

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.

Grants Contact

Maura Walsh
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).