$8.55 Million in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants Available

With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Library of Michigan CARES Act grants – application

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.

Question can be directed to

Karren Reish
Library Grants Coordinator

LSTA Summer quick grant program

The Library of Michigan announced a new Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) summer quick grant program for public libraries . LSTA allows grant funds for public library services and has priorities for targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills and expanding services for learning and access to information.

This program provides funding for public libraries to purchase materials and supplies that meet the selected program topics for a given year and are for an identified program or service the library will be providing. Funding is intended to supplement local topical services that improve information access and quality of service in their communities. The focus will be on small projects that improve community services, with a focus on the LSTA priorities listed above.

The grant period will be from June to August annually, as funding allows. Funding will be from $500 to $2,000. Funding is by reimbursement. The application deadline is May 22, 2017.

Eligible applicants are Michigan public libraries that are legally established and currently eligible for state aid. Detailed information on the grant program, including the program timeline, applicant eligibility, and the application, is available at www.michigan.gov/lsta.  Please contact Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or reishk@michigan.gov with questions on the program.


2017 Camp Wonderopolis

Application for Camp Wonderopolis Library Grants

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is accepting applications for Camp Wonderopolis 2017 library grants. Three libraries will be awarded funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming for families during summer months through a series of four workshops.

NCFL will award each library a $3,000 grant and provide training and support to implement Camp Wonderopolis workshops for parents/caregivers and their school-aged children. Libraries will be expected to:

  • Hold four family Camp Wonderopolis workshops between June 12, 2017 and August 31, 2017.
  • Submit instructions for one Maker activity related to a Camp Wonderopolis track at the direction of NCFL staff.*
  • Submit reading lists related to two Camp Wonderopolis tracks at the direction of NCFL staff.**
  • Write two blog posts of 300-500 words each and provide accompanying photos, captions, and videos related to Camp Wonderopolis experiences.***

Please submit the brief application below by Friday, February 10, 2017, to be considered for funding.
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