The State Library administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency.
LSTA funds are used in one of three ways. Some funds are used in–house for programs that further the goals of the Five – Year Plan, such as the Summer Reading Program. LSTA funds also support a variety of statewide initiatives, including statewide resource sharing (Ohio Libraries Share: MORE), the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled program, the Ohio Digital Library, and library databases available to any Ohio resident.
LSTA funds are also distributed through competitive grant programs. State Library staff works with the LSTA Advisory Council to determine funding priorities each year. Announcement of grant availability is posted on library listservs and application materials and the timeline for each grant cycle can be found on the website.
For all competitive grants, a cash match of 25% of the total project cost is required. All types of libraries, public, school, academic, and special may apply for LSTA grants. Partnerships with other libraries and organizations are encouraged.
Staff is available to assist applicants throughout the grant writing process.