Impact Grants Program - 2016
The application cycle for FY 2016 grants is now open! Applications are DUE Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Want to try out a new idea for serving your community? Want to implement a best practice that will improve service delivery? Have an innovative notion you want to test? The new Impact Grants for Library Innovation and Improvement may be just what your library needs. Focused on broad community needs for economic recovery, early childhood literacy, and electronic access to information, Impact Grants are designed to distribute funding as broadly as possible to impact lives all across Texas.
Applications for FY2015 will be accepted in three areas: Skills for Economic Recovery; Family and Early Childhood Literacy; and Electronic Information Technology.
1. Business/Workforce Development and Digital Literacy
This focus area supports library programs designed to enhance Texas business and workforce development, including entrepreneurial endeavors, and improve the technology skills of Texans so that they may use computers and online/electronic resources to enhance their economic and personal goals. The grant may fund expenses such as: equipment and supplies to establish a business and/or workforce development center at the library (e.g., computer stations) or mobile digital literacy training lab; staff or contract personnel to provide training; or staff training to acquire in-house skills to deliver training to patrons. Projects that include collaboration with local Workforce offices, chambers of commerce, community organizations, other libraries, or businesses will be given preference.
Outcome 1: Library patrons in project-sponsored programs improve their technology and/or business skills.
Measure 1: The number of project participants who report, using a Likert scale survey, that they feel more confident in their basic computer skills, searching databases/online information, online workforce/job skills, business management, or other specified computer/technology skills upon program completion.
2. Family and Early Childhood Literacy
This focus area supports library-sponsored family and early childhood literacy programs to help Texans build a strong foundation for early learning, success in school, and lifelong learning. Funds may support expenses such as: staff or contract personnel to provide programming, staff training to acquire in-house skills to deliver programming, and equipment and supplies to provide such programs, including early literacy computers and programs. Use of best practices such as Born to Read — It’s Never Too Early to Start!, Every Child Ready to Read, or other model library programs are encouraged. Projects that include collaboration with local Workforce offices, community organizations, other libraries, or businesses will be given preference.
Outcome 2: Texas parents or caregivers and children in project-sponsored programs acquire skills that enhance family and early childhood literacy.
Measure 2: The number of parents or caregivers who report, using a Likert scale survey, that they feel more confident with their family and/or early childhood literacy skills and value the library as a contributor to their quality of life and that of their children.
3. e-Content Access and Delivery
This focus area supports library services to enhance library patrons’ access to electronic information and materials. Funds may support expenses such as: equipment (e.g., e-book readers or tablet computers); e-content; adoption of mobile technology or other new technology that enhances patron access; staff training to provide patron assistance with e-content; and supplies to provide programs or training to library patrons. Some potential programs may include enhanced children’s and youth services programs, working with patrons to create their own contributed e-content, roving reference, and digital collection development. For projects that include acquisition of e-content (e.g., e-books), those projects that share e-content as part of a consortium or group will be given preference.
Outcome 3: Texans have enhanced access to electronic information and/or materials.
Measure 3: The number of library patrons using funded materials/services that report, using a survey, enhanced access to and satisfaction with information and/or materials to meet educational, economic, or other personal goals.
It is expected that $300,000 will be available; the maximum award is $10,000. Successful projects will be funded for a one-year period beginning September 1, 2015.
To apply for an Impact grant, please download the FY2016 Impact Grant Guidelines.
PDF documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free plug-in. Guidelines are available in alternative format upon request.
Prospective grantees must register online through the TSLAC Grant Management System (GMS) to access grant applications once applications are made available.
In addition to managing the competitive grant application process, GMS allows grantees to manage all aspects of their grant programs, including:
- submitting performance and financial reports;
- submitting program and budget revisions; and
- requesting payments.
To learn more about GMS, please refer to the Grant Management System Manual.
- LSTA Grant Recipients for FY 2015
- LSTA Grant Recipients for FY 2014
- LSTA Grant Recipients for FY 2013
- LSTA Grant Recipients for FY 2012
- LSTA Grant Recipients for FY 2011
If you need more information, contact:
Erica McCormick, Grant Administrator
Library Development and Networking
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
P. O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
Toll-free (Texas only): 1-800-252-9386
These grant programs are administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).