Grant and Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Public Library Staff Education Program

Application deadline: September 23, 2021

This application is for cooperative library systems to apply for funds to reimburse PLSEP students.


Community Connections

Application deadline: September 28, 2021

A project to help libraries eliminate barriers that prevent people from accessing vital community resources, particularly in the areas of housing, health, nutrition, employment, and education.


Library Workforce Partnership Initiative

Application deadline: September 28, 2021

A project supporting libraries as they partner with workforce agencies to build staff skills and knowledge and enhance workforce development in communities.


Stronger Together: Improving Library Access

Application deadline: November 15, 2021

A program that provides grants to local libraries so they can acquire bookmobiles and community outreach vehicles and offer programs that improve library access and program delivery.


Building Forward Library Infrastructure Grant Program

Application deadline: December, 2021 (tentative)

An equity-focused matching infrastructure grant program to support local library maintenance, capital projects, broadband and technology upgrades, and purchasing of devices.

State funded

Career Online High School

Application deadline: December 10, 2021

Support for public libraries enabling them to offer patrons the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma.


California Revealed Description Assistance

Application deadline: December 13, 2021

Cataloging California: Reimbursement of costs for libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions for cataloging projects to process, catalog, and/or rehouse California-related library and archival materials.


California Revealed Outreach Assistance

Application deadline: December 13, 2021

Our Collections, Our Communities: Reimbursement of costs for California Revealed partners to support an outreach initiative that integrates California Revealed collections.


Broadband Connectivity and Hardware Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing (no closing date)

Support for public libraries connecting to CENIC’s high-speed broadband network; specifically support for construction costs to bring broadband to a library and network infrastructure to distribute broadband within a library.


California Grants Portal

A searchable database including all available state grant opportunities, including summaries, information about how to apply, and links to follow for more details.

Manage Your Current Grant

Find reporting forms, guides, and contact information for help with your current grant on our Manage Your Grant page.

Future Opportunities

Dates are approximate and subject to change.

Coming Soon

  • Zip Books State funded

September 2021

  • CopyCat grants LSTA funded
  • English as a Second Language Programming (open only to libraries that receive California Library Literacy Services funds) State funded

October 2021

  • Book to Action LSTA funded
  • Preserving California’s LGBTQ History State funded

December 2021

  • Competitive grants for the 2022-2023 fiscal year LSTA funded
  • Early Learning Programming (Stronger Together) State funded
  • Out of School Time Programming (Stronger Together) State funded

January 2022

  • Día de los Niños LSTA funded
  • Lunch at the Library State funded

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

  • LSTA Program: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are federally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and are awarded by the State Library to eligible California libraries.
  • California State Library LSTA Database: Database of LSTA funded programs since FY2013-14, including applications and final narratives.