We invite California libraries to submit proposals for Pitch An Idea Local Grants. Local Grants are intended to support projects that benefit a library’s local community, effect positive change, and contribute to the goals of the California State Library’s LSTA Five Year Plan 2018-2022

Criteria

Libraries may apply for a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $100,000. Libraries must apply by jurisdiction or institution and each jurisdiction or institution may submit one Pitch an Idea Local proposal.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria, which should be addressed briefly in the pitch proposal and in full in the grant application:

  1. The project is well-conceived and well-thought out.
  2. The project aligns with one of the first five goals in the State Library’s Five Year Plan 2018-2022.
  3. The project addresses the community’s needs and/or aspirations, identified through needs assessment.
  4. The library has the capacity to implement the project.
  5. The library has a plan for evaluating the project’s impact.
  6. The library has a plan for sustaining the project, if successful, beyond the grant-funded period.
  7. Project partners will contribute to program planning, implementation, and sustainability.

Please keep in mind that the Institute of Museum and Library Services requires that, for the purposes of LSTA grant funding, organizations listed as partners in a project must contribute resources (either cash or in-kind), and there must be a written agreement between the partner and the grantee for this contribution. You do NOT have to have this agreement in place at this stage in the application process.

Application Process

The application process has four stages:

  1. Libraries pitch their project ideas through two-page written proposals.
  2. State Library staff review the proposals and select those that will move to the application stage.
  3. Selected libraries complete full grant applications (applications will be reviewed in advance by project advisors, who will be assigned to each successful proposal).
  4. State Library staff review the applications and make final funding decisions.

Project Assessment

To help library staff measure and demonstrate the impact of their projects, and to streamline the evaluation process for grantees, the State Library has developed tools for evaluating LSTA-funded projects, including outcome statements, survey questions and guidelines. These will be provided to grantees before the start of the project period.

Important Dates

Q & A webinar with State Library consultants—Ask us anything about our funding opportunities! Thursday February 15, 2018, 11 AM Webinar login:
https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6k6cz3bjsmmn&eom
Dial in for audio (or use computer audio):
Phone number: 866.740.1260
Access code: 3562125
This webinar will be recorded for later viewing.
Pitch proposal due Friday, March 16, 2018 Proposal form
Proposers notified Monday, April 9, 2018  
Final applications due Friday, May 11, 2018 Application form available March 2018
Project start date July 1, 2018  
Project end date June 30, 2019  

We invite proposals from pairs, groups, and networks of libraries and partners for Pitch an Idea Regional and Statewide Grants. Regional and Statewide Grants are intended to support projects that will benefit California communities at the regional or statewide level, effect positive change, and contribute to the achievement of the California State Library’s LSTA Five Year Plan 2018-2022.

Criteria

Proposed projects might include programming, service provision, resource creation, or research that will enhance the planning and implementation of statewide projects in one of the Five Year Plan goal areas. Projects may be designed as multi-year efforts that are implemented in phases and span several years. However, applicants must note that although projects may be approved, in concept, as multi-year efforts, the State Library must make final funding decisions and awards on a year-by-year basis and according to the federal funds available.

Applicants may apply for a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $250,000 One agency must serve as lead, designate a project coordinator, submit the proposal and application and serve as the project’s fiscal agent if the application is successful. The lead agency may be a California library, regional library cooperative system, not-for-profit library consortium, or library association.

We welcome proposals on topics that align with any of the first five goals in the State Library’s Five Year LSTA Plan 2018-2022. We have a particular interest in projects focusing on:

  1. economic development and workforce innovation,
  2. emerging library practices and innovative approaches to library service, and
  3. services to diverse populations.

The application process has four stages:

  1. Applicants pitch their project ideas in two-page written proposals.
  2. State Library staff review the proposals and select those that will move to the application stage.
  3. Selected applicants complete full grant applications (applications will be reviewed in advance by project advisors, who will be assigned to each successful proposal).
  4. State Library staff review the applications and make final funding decisions.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria which should be addressed briefly in the proposal and in full in the application:

  1. The project is well-conceived and well-thought out.
  2. The project aligns with one of the first five goals in the State Library’s Five Year Plan 2018-2022.
  3. The project addresses regional or statewide needs and/or aspirations, as identified through needs assessment.
  4. The applicant team has the capacity to implement the project.
  5. The applicant team has a plan for evaluating the project’s impact.
  6. The applicant team has a plan for sustaining the project, if successful, beyond the grant-funded period.
  7. Project partners will contribute to program planning, implementation, and sustainability.
  8. Project advisors will help guide project development and implementation.

To help library staff measure and demonstrate the impact of their projects, and to streamline the evaluation process for grantees, State Library staff has developed outcome statements and survey questions that should be used to evaluate all LSTA-funded projects. We will provide grantees with survey questions and guidelines on administering the surveys before the start of the project period.

Important Dates

Q & A call with State Library consultants – Ask us anything about our funding opportunities! Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11 AM (this webinar will be recorded) Webinar login:
https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6k6cz3bjsmmn&eom
Dial in for audio (or use computer audio):
Phone number: 866.740.1260
Access code: 3562125
This webinar will be recorded for later viewing.
Pitch proposal due Monday, April 9, 2018 Proposal form
Proposers notified Monday, April 23, 2018  
Final applications due Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Application form available March 2018
Project start date July 1, 2018  
Project end date June 30, 2019  

Important Documents for Pitch An Idea

Please review these documents before writing your proposal.

Contact

Library Development Services
lsta@library.ca.gov
916-653-6699