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CARES Act Funding for Libraries

Applications Due: Monday, July 20, 2020

Submit completed applications to:
Jean Marie Heilig

Heilig_j@cde.state.co.us
303-551-4711


CARES Act Funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Colorado State Library (CSL) will distribute a total of $500,000 in non-competitive grants to select public library jurisdictions*(library district, municipal library, county library, joint library, etc.)  

IMLS has set funding priorities based on the following:

  • Poverty
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Unemployment; and
  • Broadband Availability.

The State Library has identified 33 counties* that have the highest need based on these funding priorities.

Library Jurisdictions in the identified counties* can apply for the grants. The simplified grant application is designed to capture only essential information.

We anticipate funding approximately 50 library jurisdictions with a maximum of $10,000 for each jurisdiction.

Grant funding must be used for any of the following:

  • Device lending to patrons (hotspots, Chromebook, tablets, ereaders, etc.) Devices must be configured to ensure compliance with CIPA (filtering).
  • Materials for virtual and low-touch passive programming (take and make crafts etc.)
  • Unemployment resources (online tools, publications, etc.)
  • eBooks / Audio Books

*At this time applications will be accepted from public library jurisdictions located in the following Colorado counties

Adams Eagle Las Animas Saguache
Alamosa El Paso Mesa San Juan
Archuleta Fremont Moffat San Miguel
Chaffee Garfield Montezuma Summit
Conejos Gilpin Montrose Teller
Costilla Grand Ouray Yuma
Delta Gunnison Pitkin  
Denver Huerfano Pueblo  
Dolores Lake Rio Grande  


Applications Due: Monday, July 20, 2020

Submit completed applications to:
Jean Marie Heilig

Heilig_j@cde.state.co.us
303-551-4711