Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides LSTA funds to Minnesota through the Grants to States Program. The annual allotment is based on population, and is currently $2.7 million.

A five-year strategic plan, approved by IMLS, identifies Minnesota libraries’ current needs and goals. All Minnesota LSTA funds, including all competitive grant projects, address one or more of the six goals in our five-year plan.

  • Support literacy including, but not limited to, 21st-century and digital-literacy skills.
  • Provide educational opportunities for children from early learning through postsecondary. Target children from birth through age 17 from families living in poverty or facing barriers including, but not limited to, language, race, ability, geography or access to technology or other resources.
  • Promote lifelong learning and continuing education, including the enhancement and expansion of services and resources relating to health, access to justice, and workforce and community development, in order to cultivate an educated and informed citizenry.
  • Promote training and professional development, including continuing education, to improve and expand the current and future library workforce to support end-user needs.
  • Support technology and infrastructure initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries to serve their patrons.
  • Support statewide initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries and their staff to serve their communities.

Current LSTA Grant Opportunities

Current and upcoming grant rounds are listed below along with their status:

2015 Competitive LSTA grant opportunity - STATUS: Accepting applications through May 1, 2015
State Library Services, is pleased to announce the 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant opportunity. An estimated $650,000 is available to fund grant projects that help to achieve Minnesota’s Five-Year LSTA Plan (2013-2017). The two overarching goals are to expand services for learning and access to information and education resources, and to establish and provide a strong infrastructure that promotes equity of access to high-quality library services for all Minnesotans.

The application form is available now.  View the grant application timeline below.

Webinar: Project Planning with Logic Models
April 8, 2015, 10-11:00 a.m.
Join State Library Services for an introduction to the use of logic models in project planning. Logic models offer a tested framework for developing programs and can help to ensure that your proposal describes the resources you need to achieve the outcomes you want. The session will also review project activities and budgeting and connect you with resources that can help you create stronger grant proposals. Pre-registration is not necessary;  Join the session.
Mini Grant Opportunity – STATUS: To be announced in 2nd quarter of 2015.

Awarded LSTA Grant Projects