The State Library administers the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).
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, library databases available to any Ohio citizen and the KnowItNow24x7 virtual reference services.
LSTA funds are also distributed through competitive grant programs. State Library staff works with the LSTA Advisory Council to determine funding priorities each year. Libraries may apply for either a planning grant or a project grant. 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 required.
Staff is available to assist applicants throughout the grant writing process.