2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Library Grant
The State Library will be using the Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA funding to award project grants to public libraries in Kansas of up to $25,000. Public libraries are encouraged to apply for the purpose of responding directly and immediately to the pandemic, as related to economic and community needs through equitable approaches.
Grant purpose priorities are as follows:
- Support digital inclusion efforts to enable libraries to reach residents such as through internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi, and digital content and related resources, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs;
- Provide rapid emergency relief to libraries, allowing them to safely respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols;
- And support library services that meet the needs of their communities.
The ARPA grant is following similar guidelines and provisions as the regular LSTA grant, in that we must follow allowable funding guidelines and reporting procedures.
- Grants may be awarded from $1,000 to $25,000 according to the project budget and meeting purpose priorities.
- Grants can’t be used for construction projects, advocacy, salaries, food, debt, or fundraising.•Project spending needs to be completed between August 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022.
- There is no match or MOE requirement for the State Library or the participating library.
- Informational webinar via Zoom: June 14, 2021 at 2pm.
- Applications open: June 21, 2021
- Applications due: July 19, 2021 by 5:00 PM
- Last day to return signed agreements: July 30, 2021
- Grant period begins: August 1, 2021
- Project must be complete and all funds spent: January 31, 2022
- Project Report/Evaluation with supporting documentation: Due March 31, 2022
This opportunity for public libraries is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Here you can find additional forms you may need to complete your project.
IMLS Acknowledgement Requirements
You should include the logo if possible on all media about your grant project. If there is no room for the logo you may use the credit line "This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services & The State Library of Kansas".
Because this grant funding is coming from the federal funding through ARPA, library compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) must be verified. A library must have a technology protection measure in place if grant money will be used for any equipment connected to the Internet. Equipment that connects to the internet may be subject to compliance with the CIPA.
If you do not know if your library is in compliance, email email@example.com
Visit this page if you need more information about Kansas CIPA
This page will be updated as new questions arise.
If you do not find answers to your questions here, please review our ARPA Grant tutorial here. If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for message us at firstname.lastname@example.org..