The Library of Michigan (LM) is pleased to announce CARES Act grant program as part of LM’s response to the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on Michigan public libraries. The LM grant program is designed to assist public libraries in providing improved access to the Internet for their community, while maintaining a safe environment for staff and patrons. The intent is to fund one-year projects that increase public libraries’ supply of personal protective equipment and facilities supplies (Goal 1) as well as increase community Internet connectivity through the purchase of Internet capable devices, hotspots or other appropriate materials and supplies (Goal 2).
The application due date is four weeks after the EO closing libraries to public accommodation is lifted to give libraries time to get back in their buildings and assess their needs.
Applicants may request materials and supplies, and services related to either or both the grant program goals. Eligible applicants are Michigan public libraries or tribal libraries who meet the guidelines listed in the application packet. Libraries may submit one application for this program. Branch libraries may NOT apply separately.
The number and amount of grant awards will depend on the funds available and the number of applications received. For the CARES Act Grant, the grant awards will be as follows:
Goal 1 – For PPE equipment and facilities supplies and services:
All eligible requests for Goal 1 will be funded.
Goal 2 – For digital inclusion supplies and services:
- Up to $5,000 for Class V & VI libraries
- Up to $3,000 for Class III & IV libraries
- Up to $1,000 for Class I & II libraries
Libraries in communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty and low rates of Broadband access will have priority for Goal 2. LM has data on these three issues and will rank applications based on these. LM will fund as many of the Goal 2 applications as possible.
The grant period will be 12 months, starting from the date of the contract up to 9/30/2021. For full information on the grant program, including the application, please go to www.michigan.gov/lsta and go to the CARES Act grant section. We encourage you to read the grant documentation thoroughly. Grant funds cannot be used to reimburse libraries for purchases made before the grant contract start date.
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