About Copycat Grant Toolkits

A California State Library LSTA grant program intended to facilitate easy duplication of successful projects

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In response to requests from the library community, the California State Library presents a new grant opportunity for funding January-September, 2020. 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 libraries, and it is well suited to those with limited capacity for developing and testing new programming.

This website contains toolkits for 11 innovative, successful LSTA 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. When replicated, programs need not look exactly like the originals. We encourage libraries to tailor programs to fit the aspirations and needs of their local communities and make adjustments to their CopyCat projects as needed.

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

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