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LSTA Innovation Grants

We are excited to announce one-time funding to help public libraries purchase tangible items that will support innovation. 

These innovation grants will provide money for public libraries to expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources for individuals of all ages. 

Who is eligible?

How much is the award?

The maximum grant amount will be $4000 per library system

How do I apply? 

Download the application (PDF).

Fill it out.

Include the following certifications: 

Email application and relevant paperwork to David Beach at

You may also fax the application to David at 850.245.6643.  

What are the deadlines?

We will begin accepting applications on September 4, 2018. 

Applications are due via email by 6 p.m. Eastern, October 4, 2018.  

We will notify all applicants the last week of November 2018

All grant funds must be expended by September 30, 2019

How will grant funds be distributed?

We will distribute grant funds as a reimbursement after: 

  • The grant agreement is executed.
  • You purchase the items.
  • You submit documentation.

Matching funds are not required. 

What can I purchase? 

View lists of what you can and can't purchase with these grant funds. 

What about reporting? 

You must complete a mid-year and final report on the status of acquiring the equipment and relevant expenditures. 

What is the evaluation criteria? 

  • We will rank applications according to these criteria
  • The LSTA Review Panel will consider a ranked list and make funding recommendations to the Secretary of State for final approval. 

What is the source of the funding? 

These funds come from the federal funds from Florida’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program. 

Contact us

David Beach

Marian Deeney

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.