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State Grants In Aid
County library districts and the eight cities with populations of 100,000 or more in Arizona receive annual awards. The grants are used to improve the library’s collection, provide education and training opportunities for staff, improve programming for children and adults, for computers and automation of library procedures. Information about these awards is sent directly to eligible libraries.
Public libraries meeting the criteria may apply for construction funds. Typically, between $75,000 to $115,000, is awarded to construction projects on a competitive basis.
SGIA Regulations and Guidelines
The state grants-in-aid program was developed in 1981 through legislative appropriations to help Arizona libraries meet the information needs for Arizona residents.
Use of SGIA Funds:
- Be organized as a governmental unit or a non-profit organization.
- Arizona public libraries must agree to the Arizona State Library Resource Access and Attainment Policy.
- Provide library services free of charge to all residents within the library area.
- Be open to the public on a regular basis with regular, posted hours.
- Be in good standing with the State Library by submitting library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.
- Adhere to any requirements specified in the Arizona Revised Statutes, including but not limited to ARS 9-411 through 9-420 (Cities and Towns/Public Libraries); ARS 11-901 through 11-914 (Counties/Public Libraries); and ARS 34-502 (Computer Access/Harmful to Minors).
- State funds will be used for library services county or citywide. Funds will not be used for indirect or administrative costs.
- County/city will expend no less than the amount of state grants-in-aid awarded in the same fiscal year for county/citywide library services. SGIA requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match. State money may not be substituted for local match.
- The applicant library agrees to submit a final report, which will include a narrative, budget and certification.
For more information, contact Laura Stone by email, or (602) 926-3604.
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