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State Grants to Libraries

Eligibility Forms  |  Timeline  |  FAQ  |  Latest Resources  |  Additional Resources 

In the 2015 legislative session, the Colorado Legislature increased the appropriation to $2.5 million in the state's budget to fund the State Grants to Libraries Act. The funds will be available to eligible publically funded school, public and academic libraries to fund grants for library materials as defined in the statute (see CRS 24-90-401). The purpose of the funds is for educational materials in libraries that support efforts to improve literacy and learning.

Funding Announcement!

The 2015-2016 State Grants for Libraries awards have been finalized. See this chart for the grant amounts. Grantees (one per library jurisdiction or school district) will receive an award agreement in the mail, followed by a check.

2015 Guidelines and Eligibility Forms


  • July 15, 2015: Grant report due for 2014-2015 grants.
  • September 1, 2015: Overview and Q&A webinar, 12:00-1:00 pm MT
    View the webinar archive
  • September 10, 2015: Eligibility forms due.
  • October/November 2015: Funds transferred.
  • June 30, 2016: End of grant period. All funds spent.
  • July 15, 2016: Grant report due.


Have a question about these forms, eligible purchases, or anything related to the State Grants for Libraries? Check our Frequently Asked Questions first - your question is likely already answered here.

Latest Resources

2015-2016 Distribution of State Grants to Libraries: See a map of where the 2015 State Grants for Libraries were distributed, funding 325 grants to academic, public, and school libraries across the state, including 14 new grantees this year. Libraries received a minimum of $3,500 and that funding more than doubled the collection budgets for 70 libraries.

The Impact of State Grants to Libraries: 2014-2015. In 2014, 301 public, school, academic, and institutional libraries received $2 million. See how that money was used, some quotes about the benefits of the funding, and how grantees said the funding helped them.

Stories of Impact These grants have made significant impacts in libraries. Get inspired by reading some success stories and examples of benefits of the grants. In the latest installment, investing in Spanish and bilingual books.

2014 Map of Grants Check out a map that shows the distribution of 2014 State Grants for Libraries. This year there were 301 grants to academic, public, and school libraries across the state. Want to know about the 2014 State Grants? The 2-page By the Numbers flyer provides additional information about how the grants increased library budgets along with the distribution map.  

2013 Fast Facts - How the Funds Were Used 140,000 print books. 10,000 e-book titles. 52% used funding to subscribe to electronic databases. See a visual report with data and examples of how the State Grants for Libraries funding was used. 

Additional Resources

Funding Allocation Charts

2015-2016 Final Funding Allocation

These list each previous grant recipient (one grant per main library jurisdiction or school district) and amount.

Colorado Libraries Collaborate! (CLC)

  • Participant List - Membership in CLC is required for public and academic libraries. Click here to see if your library is already a member.
  • Participation Agreement Form - If you are not a member, you can fill out this form and become a member by October 1 to become eligible for funding.

Reporting and Evaluation

You can preview the Report Form that will be due after you finish your purchasing, or by July 15, 2016. Links to the online form will be sent to the Grant Reporting Contact Person listed on your Eligibility Form.

  • Reporting Q and A - frequently asked questions by grant recipients on how to report use of funds.


  • Eligible Purchases Checklist - Wondering whether you can purchase an item with this funding? Review this checklist of what are eligible purchases, and what are not.
  • Strategic Purchasing Recommendations - Wondering how your library might make a strategic investment in early literacy? Our partners at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) have some suggested packages for your library, including:
    • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
    • CLEL Silver Bell Award Winners
    • Databases - special consortium pricing for EBSCO, Britannica Digital, Pebble Go, and TumbleBooks
    • Early Literacy Collections for Parents and Professional Development
    • Great Books for Babies
    • Storytime Collection and Circulating Book Bags


Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Webinar that will review the guidelines, eligibility requirements, and form submission process for those new to the State Grants for Libraries funding. View the webinar archive

2014-2015 State Grants to Libraries webinar recordings:


Susan H. Burkholder, State Grants Administrator

Jean Marie Heilig, Fiscal Officer

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