A California State Library LSTA grant program intended to facilitate easy duplication of successful projects – This opportunity is closed!

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In response to requests from the library community, the California State Library presents CopyCat Grants, a new opportunity for California public libraries to apply for funding to “copy” a successful, replicable project that can be implemented in nine months (January-September 2019). CopyCat Grants are intended to help libraries easily implement tried-and tested-programs and extend the impact of previously funded, successful LSTA projects. This opportunity is open to all California public libraries, and it is well suited to those with limited capacity for developing and testing new programming.

This website contains toolkits for eight innovative, successful Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and California cooperative system-funded projects from public libraries across California. Each toolkit contains a link to the original application and final narrative for the original program; information about the purpose, target audience and outcomes achieved; and implementation steps with links to sample documents from the original program. Libraries need not replicate these projects exactly like the originals. We encourage libraries to tailor projects to fit the aspirations and needs of their local communities and make adjustments as needed.

On the left sidebar of this website you will find links to useful articles, courses, templates, sample documents, and other resources useful when planning programs in public libraries. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources as you develop your CopyCat project and share them with staff members and colleagues.

To apply for a CopyCat grant, please visit the application page.

CopyCat grant is a grant program of the California State Library and is supported by funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.