You are here

ARPA Funding for Libraries

LSTA American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant funding (Public Law 117-2; 20 U.S.C.§9101 et seq.) is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Colorado State Library to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches in digital inclusion and library services. 

The funds are available to eligible publicly funded academic, public, and school libraries. One grant awarded per academic institution, public library jurisdiction, or school district.

Guidelines for Academic and Public Libraries

Guidelines for School (K-12) Libraries


Additional Resources

  • Allowable Expenditures (PDF)
    All costs expensed to grants awarded by the State Library under ARPA must be “allowable costs.” This document will assist you when determining how you will be spending your funds.
  • ARPA Purchasing Ideas (PDF)
    Are you desperate for ideas on how to spend your ARPA funds? We’ve compiled a list of purchases your peers in public, school, and academic libraries have already made.  You will find ideas for technology, collection development, programming, and making your library safe.
  • D&B DUNS Numbers (PDF)
    IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) requires all ARPA primary grant recipients (the State Library) to report information on federal sub-grant awards (You!). This requirement comes from the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA). The Act is intended to empower every American with the ability to hold the government accountable for each spending decision. This document will tell you how to determine if your organization has a DUNS number and if not how to request one.
  • Excluded Vendors -
    This web site provides a list of vendors who are excluded from receiving Federal funding. Please check this website before making purchases. If your institution purchases from one of these vendors you will not be reimbursed for your expenditure. requires you to register to gain access. Once registered go to the search function and enter the vendors legal name. If they come up then click on the Name. On the left side of the screen click on exclusions. If there are no exclusions you are ok to proceed with your purchase. If the vendor does not appear in the database then you are probably ok to purchase from them.
  • IMLS Acknowledgement
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires grant recipients to acknowledge IMLS in all related publications and activities in conjunction with the use of your grant money. This includes all web sites, multimedia materials, newsletters, posters, news releases, educational materials, signage, banners, invitations to events, etc.  The Grantee Communications Kit provides details for proper wording and IMLS logos. 
  • Indirect Costs (PDF)
    In accordance with federal regulations subgrantees may request reimbursement for indirect costs. This document provides the definition of indirect costs and the options available to the subgrantee.


For Academic and Public Libraries

For School (K-12) Libraries


Jean Marie Heilig

Melissa Carlson