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CARES Act Funding for Libraries

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

The Colorado State Library (CSL) awarded a total of $492,801 in non-competitive grants to 55 public library jurisdictions located in 41 counties. 

IMLS set funding priorities based on the following:

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

Grant funding is being used for 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
  • Allowable Expenditures (PDF)

Resources for Round 1 Funding:


Alamosa PL Basalt Regional LD Canon City PL Conejos County LD
Cortez PL Delta County PLD Denver PL Dolores LD
Garfield LD Grand County LD John C. Fremont LD La Veta PLD
Lake County PL Mancos LD Mesa County PLD Montrose Regional LD
Northern Chaffee County LD Northern Saguache County LD Ouray LD Penrose Community LD
Pikes Peak LD Pitkin County Library Pueblo City County LD Rangeview LD

Rio Grande LD
Del Norte PL

San Miguel LD #1 Security PL Silverton PL
Summit County Library Trinidad/Carnegie PL Vail PL Wray PL
Yuma PL      


Resources for Round 2 Funding:


Broomfield / Eisenhower PL Burlington PL Clear Creek County LD Durango PL
Ignacio Community LD Kiowa Count PLD Lamar Public Library Mineral County School/Regional PL
Ordway Combined Community Library Pine River PLD  West Custer County LD  


Resources for Round 3 Funding:


Clearview LD Fowler PL High Plains LD La Junta/Woodruff Memorial Library
Loveland PL Rangley Regional LD Red Feather Mountain LD Sterling PL


For more information contact Jean Marie Heilig,, 303-551-4711