Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funding

What is LSTA?

Through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is able to provide funding to support library services to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Territories. In Arizona, those funds are administered by the Arizona State Library in the form of statewide initiatives, subgrants, and cooperative agreements.

In order to receive the LSTA allotment from IMLS, the Arizona State Library creates a Five Year Plan that details its library service goals based on the LSTA purposes and priorities.

There are four goals in the current Five Year Plan: Collections, Community, Learning and Leadership. The first three goals are also the categories for 2017 LSTA subgrants.

  • Collections projects support exemplary stewardship of library collections
  • Community projects position libraries as forward-looking community anchors.
  • Learning projects help libraries place the learner at the center of any initiative.

What Types of Projects Are Funded?

LSTA grants are awarded for both innovative and essential projects. Contact a Library Development Consultant – they are listed in the guidelines -- to review your project idea.

Funded Projects

Handouts from AzLA Preconference Sessions
For the last several years, Arizona State Library staff have hosted a half-day session at the Arizona Library Association Annual Conference. During the session, representatives from libraries all over the state have shared experiences and best practices related to their LSTA-funded projects.

2016 Building Better Communities
2015 Catch of the Year
2014 Roundup
2013 Idea Circus

New This Year!

The 2017 LSTA Grants will introduce two new sub-awards: Collections and Programming (CAP) Grants and AZ Community Reads Grants. These awards have fixed funding levels and simpler applications than the general LSTA grants. The Community Reads grant also runs on a different schedule with a December 31, 2016, deadline. For questions regarding these new grants, contact Janet “Jaime” Ball

Getting Started

To begin the LSTA grant application process, read the LSTA grant guidelines and the Five-Year Plan and then complete the worksheets found within the guidelines. 

Watch this space for training opportunities, such as in-person workshops, links to short training videos, and a tip sheet for completing your application.

When you’re ready, go to the new online application. Be sure to select 'New Applicant' if this is your first time in the new grants management system.

Acknowledging IMLS and the State Library

All promotional materials resulting from an LSTA grant project must contain the following statement:

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

If possible, use the IMLS logo. Be sure to save copies of your publicity to include with your final report.