Current Grant Cycles

Current Grant Cycles

Digital Literacy 2015

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

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:

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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