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Current Grant Cycles

Washington Rural Heritage 2014

Washington Rural Heritage is an initiative that supports small and rural libraries in the development of digital projects that serve historically unique items and collections online.

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide grant funds to small and rural, public, and tribal libraries to encourage the development of long-term sustainable digitization programs at these libraries through the creation of an initial digital collection published as part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Collaborative partnerships among libraries, museums, schools, and other community organizations are encouraged, though not required.

Public libraries or systems that serve a population of 50,000 or less, or individual branches that serve in an area whose population is 50,000 or less, are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle. Applicants are subject to Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) eligibility. Public library systems may apply on behalf of individual branches within their system, may act as fiscal agent for grant awards, and may oversee local project management. Native American tribal libraries (as defined in Section 213 of LSTA) within Washington State are also eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle. Visit LSTA eligibility for additional guidelines. A maximum of two branches from one public library system will be considered for an award.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $50,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $10,000 per application. It is anticipated that five (5) or more applicants may receive awards.

Funds may be used by libraries to purchase equipment to:

  • Digitize material (e.g., scanners), or software to optimize digital files.
  • Train staff and volunteers to digitize.
  • Research and catalog items.
  • Pay salary of staff and contract services to digitize, research, and catalog items.
  • Provide outreach to promote digitization activities and completed digital collections.

Applicants must commit to submission of at least one hundred (100) items to the Washington Rural Heritage collection at the Washington State Library by the end of the grant cycle (August 14, 2015). Items submitted must follow the digitization specifications and metadata best practices outlined by the Washington Rural Heritage initiative. Applicants must consider copyright issues with the projects they develop in conjunction with their grant application.

Unfortunately, Washington State Library staff is not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application. However, staff is available to answer questions. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is found in Seaction11 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, May 9, 2014.

Find out more about the Washington Rural Heritage initiative.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

  • Grant Guidelines PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Grant Application PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download

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Broadband 2014—CLOSED

The purpose of the 2014 Broadband grant cycle is to provide grant funds allowing public and tribal libraries to upgrade and add network hardware and software to take advantage of significantly enhanced broadband connectivity. Applicants must be CIPA compliant. Preference will be given to those libraries which participated in a Round One or Two ARRA Broadband (NTIA BTOP) grants awarded to the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) and to those libraries with a service population of less than 10,000.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $100,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $10,000 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, March 14, 2014.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

  • Grant Guidelines PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Grant Application PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download

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Digital Literacy 2014—CLOSED

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide funding to public, academic, college, tribal, and school libraries to implement projects that support Digital Literacy projects in the community.

Projects should focus on providing skills and resources needed within a community and by patrons. Digital Literacy grant applicants are urged to utilize project partners. Project partners could include non-profits, hospitals, credit unions, local businesses, etc.

Projects should meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Encourage the development of skills required to communicate and perform business transactions in a digital environment.
  • Use diverse technologies appropriately to retrieve quality information.
  • Support the development of skills to collaborate with others or to enhance employability in a digital and evolving world.

For the purposes of this grant cycle, the Washington State Library will be using the American Library Association's (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force definition of Digital Literacy.

… the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.

A digitally literate person:

  • Possesses the variety of skills, cognitive and technical, required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats.
  • Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved.
  • Understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information.
  • Uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $75,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $7,500 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

Due to staffing limitations, Washington State Library staff are not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application. However, they are available to answer questions from potential applicants. Staff can help them determine if an applicant should adjust or proceed with their proposal, or modify their budget before they expend the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. Digital Literacy staff contact information is found in "Section 10" of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by Friday, April 18, 2014.

Find out more on our Digital Literacy initiatives page.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

  • Grant Guidelines PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Grant Application PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download

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Digital Literacy 2013—CLOSED

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide funding to public, academic, college, tribal and school libraries to implement pilot projects that support Digital Literacy projects in the community.

Projects should meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Encourage the development of skills required to communicate and perform business transactions in a digital environment,
  • use diverse technologies appropriately to retrieve quality information,
  • support the development of skills to collaborate with others or to enhance employability in a digital and evolving world.

For the purposes of this grant cycle, WSL will be using the American Library Association's (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force definition of Digital Literacy which is:

… the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills.

A digitally literate person:

  • possesses the variety of skills, cognitive and technical, required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
  • is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved;
  • understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information;
  • uses these skills and the appropriate technologies to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion the general public;
  • uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $75,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $7,500 per application. It is anticipated that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

Unfortunately, due to staffing limits, WSL Project staff members are not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application; however, they are available to answer questions from potential applicants in order to help them determine if they should proceed with or adjust their proposal and/or budget before they expend the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. Digital Literacy staff contact information is found in section #10 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use this resource when preparing your application.

Find out more about the Digital Literacy initiative

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by 4 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2013.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

  • Grant Guidelines PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Grant Application PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download

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Washington Rural Heritage 2013—CLOSED

Washington Rural Heritage is an initiative that supports small and rural libraries in the development of digital projects that serve historically unique items and collections online.

The purpose of this grant cycle is to provide grant funds to small and rural, public and tribal libraries to encourage the development of long-term sustainable digitization programs at these libraries through the creation of an initial digital collection published as part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Collaborative partnerships among libraries, museums, schools, and other community organizations are encouraged, though not required.

Eligible applicants are tribal libraries (as defined in Sec 213 of LSTA) and public libraries or public library systems that serve a population of 25,000 or less, or individual branches that serve in an area whose population is 25,000 or less. A maximum of two branches from one public library system will be considered for an award.

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $50,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $10,000 per application. It is anticipated that five (5) or more applicants may receive awards.

Funds may be used by libraries to purchase equipment to digitize material (e.g. scanners) or software to optimize digital files (e.g. Photoshop Elements), train staff and/or volunteers to digitize, research and/or catalog items, pay salary of staff and/or contract services to digitize and/or research and catalog items. Funds may not be used to purchase equipment that enables Internet browsing.

Applicants must commit to submission of at least one hundred (100) items to the Washington Rural Heritage collection at the State Library by the end of the grant cycle (August 15, 2014). Items submitted must follow the digitization specifications and metadata best practices outlined by the Washington Rural Heritage initiative. Applicants must consider copyright issues with the projects they develop in conjunction with their grant application.

Unfortunately, due to staffing limits, WSL Project staff members are not able to offer detailed one-on-one consulting on the final application; however, they are available to answer questions from potential applicants in order to help them determine if they should proceed with or adjust their proposal and/or budget before they expend the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is found in section #10 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use this resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: Postmarked or hand delivered by 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013.

Find out more about the Washington Rural Heritage initiative.

Download the guidelines and application form in Word or PDF format:

  • Grant Guidelines PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Grant Application PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Frequently Asked Questions PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download | Word Word Viewer - Click to Download
  • Exemplary Applications:
    • 2012 Ritzville Public Library PDF Adobe Reader - Click to Download

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