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June 24, 2014 - Coming Soon: Competitive Ohio LSTA Grant Opportunities for Literacy Initiatives

The IMLS logoThe State Library is pleased to announce the return of the Ohio LSTA competitive grants program.  The LSTA competitive grant program has been substantially revised in order to target projects while still providing applicants the flexibility to address local needs. Grants using FFY2014 funds will be directed to support literacy initiatives across the state.  The purpose of this grant program is to assist libraries in preparing individuals to be active learners and full participants in the local community and the global society.  Projects must support initiatives in Goal 1 or Goal 2 of the LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017.  It is anticipated that the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released the week of August 18, 2014 with proposals due at the State Library by September 29, 2014.  Funded projects will begin January 1, 2015 and terminate September 30. 2015. 

Under the Literacy initiative, applicants may apply for either a Planning Grant or a Project-Based Grant.  Applicants may request up to $24,000 in federal funds.  A financial cash match of 25% of the total project cost is required. 

The competitive grant also includes new components and requirements.  Key changes include:

• Project coordinators are required to have an MLS/MLIS or a Library Media Specialist Certification. 

• Proposals must include formal partners that will contribute specified deliverables to the project.  For each formal partner, a signed partnership form (part of the application package) is required.

• Proposals must include a sustainability plan or strategy to continue (for project grants) or implement (for planning grants) the program after September 30, 2015.  This section must include names of possible future funders and/or where you may seek future funding. 

Librarians are encouraged to begin thinking about projects now and begin reaching out to possible partners.  Application guidelines, required forms and additional support materials will be posted with the RFP in mid-August.

Questions on the LSTA Program, may be addressed to Missy Lodge at or 800-686-1532.


June 18, 2014 - State Library of Ohio awarded $265,589 grant for Guiding Ohio OnlineLogo - Guiding Ohio Online

The State Library of Ohio has been awarded a 2014 Ohio AmeriCorps Formula grant in the amount $265,589 by ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism. The funding will be used to implement Guiding Ohio Online, a program developed by the State Library to support rural public libraries’ efforts to teach their patrons to find, understand, and use vital online resources and services. Guiding Ohio Online places AmeriCorps members in rural Ohio libraries to deliver digital literacy training through computer classes, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.                                        

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“The State Library of Ohio is very pleased to have received a 2014 Ohio AmeriCorps Formula grant to implement Guiding Ohio Online,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  “Project Manager, Mandy Knapp, has spent the past year working with State Library staff and other partners to build the capacity to implement this program, which will support the critical role of public libraries in helping people connect with e-government resources and services.” The State Library received an Ohio AmeriCorps Formula Planning grant in 2013 and under the leadership of Ms. Knapp and Assistant Project Manager Evan Struble, developed the Guiding Ohio Online website, program plan, training packages, and promotional materials.  The planning process also included gathering feedback from libraries, identifying rural libraries to participate, and helping recruit AmeriCorps members.Logo - AmeriCorps

“The Guiding Ohio Online project will be instrumental in assisting public libraries address digital literacy issues in their communities,” said Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development.  “State Library staff has documented the need of rural public libraries to help their patrons navigate and understand e-government resources and other online services.  The Ohio AmeriCorps Formula grant will address this need and support public libraries as they work to better the lives of their patrons.”

Guiding Ohio Online will work with thirty libraries to engage 10 full-time AmeriCorps members and 20 part-time AmeriCorps members to serve between October 1, 2014-August 29, 2015.  This program requires one-time match funds in the amount of $2500 for the purpose of training and sustaining each full-time AmeriCorps Member and/or $1250 for the purpose of training and sustaining each part-time AmeriCorps Member from the Host Library.

ServeOhio is purposed specifically to administer grants in Ohio under the federal National & Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Today, the largest of these grants is the AmeriCorps program, where Ohio currently has 21 partner organizations and over 600 AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 70,000 Americans each year.

AmeriCorps members serve through more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and other community organizations. Through their direct service, AmeriCorps members help meet critical needs in target areas.

The vision of the State Library is a Smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests.  The State Library is committed to leading innovation and development efforts for libraries to ensure ongoing relevance to communities across Ohio.  The Guiding Ohio Online project will provide unique opportunities for Ohio public libraries by ensuring a coordinated approach to teaching digital literacy skills while also allowing for AmeriCorps members to adapt trainings to the needs of individual communities.