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.
ALA asks advocates to urge cosponsors for new legislation
The spread of COVID-19 has caused significant financial losses for America’s libraries, resulting in disruption to core library services, thousands of furloughs and layoffs. The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed. Introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), respectively, on July 2, 2020, the bicameral legislation calls for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America’s libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Additional resources—including a one-page explainer on LSFA, sample social media posts, and a sample letter for state and local library associations/ boards of trustees—are available at www.ala.org/advocacy/library-funding.
Recently, the White House released its proposed budget outlining major cuts and the complete elimination of programs supporting library services. Total elimination of IMLS as proposed in the President’s budget would have a devastating impact on library service across Michigan.
Read the memo from Randy Riley, State Librarian of Michigan here.