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The 2019-20 California state budget contains $8 million for the State Library to provide grants to local public library jurisdictions to implement early learning and after school programs, and to support mobile library solutions. These new grant programs will increase Californians’ access to health, educational, workforce and other services, while also increasing the mobility and accessibility of public libraries. For more information on the grant and copies of documents, including attachment templates and FAQs, visit www.library.ca.gov/grants/shared-vision/.

If your library is interested in applying for a grant, we ask that you fill out a non-binding interest form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Interest2020 by February 11, 2020. This form will help us determine your needs and establish training topics.

You may use this application form to apply for any of the three subject areas: Early Learning, Out-of-School Time, and Mobile Library Solutions. Please note that the Open+ pilot program will be administered separately. Library jurisdictions with fewer than 30 outlets may submit up to one application per subject area. Library jurisdictions with 30-60 outlets may submit up to two applications per subject area. Library jurisdictions with more than 60 outlets may submit up to three applications per subject area.

Libraries must provide matching funds, which may be in-kind and/or cash. The match will be based on your library’s local income per capita level, or LIPC, derived from public library survey data. For libraries in LIPC Level 1, a 20% match will be required. For LIPC Level 2, a 25% match will be required. For LIPC Level 3, a 30% match will be required. The match is calculated as a percentage of the state funds requested, not as a percentage of the total budget (a $100,000 request from a LIPC Level 1 library, for example, would require a $20,000 match). We will consider reductions in match on a limited, case-by-case basis. 

The application will ask you to discuss the projected outcomes of the project. We will be working with all grant recipients to develop a shared evaluation component. The grant also will require recipients to participate in virtual and live training, networking events, and other learning opportunities (generally once a month). Although we cannot give a precise estimate of the hours expected, please do allocate and budget staff time to cover evaluation and training.

Please answer all questions and attach all requested documents. Applications are due by April 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.