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 publicly 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.
2016-2017 Funding Available!
The State Grants to Libraries funding is available for the 2016-2017 grant year. Eligibility forms are being accepted now through September 14, 2016. For projected amounts, see this chart.
- July 15, 2016: Grant report due for 2015-2016 grants.
- September 14, 2016: Eligibility forms due.
- October/November 2016: Award checks mailed.
- June 30, 2017: End of grant period. All funds spent.
- July 14, 2017: 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.
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.
Funding Allocation Charts
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 14, 2017. 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
- Storytime Collection and Circulating Book Bags
Coming soon: Screencast or recording that will review the guidelines, eligibility requirements, and form submission process for those new to the State Grants for Libraries funding.