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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.

2018-2019 Funding Amounts Announced!

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce the State Grants to Libraries funding amounts for 2018-2019! This year 318 recipients will share in the nearly $2.5 million being distributed. To view all of the awarded libraries (one award per library jurisdiction, academic institution, or school district) and their amounts, please see the Funding Allocation Chart

2018 Guidelines and Eligibility Forms


  • September 14, 2018: Eligibility forms due.
  • November 2018: Award checks mailed.
  • June 30, 2019: End of grant period. All funds must be spent.
  • July 15, 2019: 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

thumbnail graphic of 2018-2019 state grants to libraries map distribution of funds

2018-2019 Distribution of State Grants to Libraries (PDF): View a map of where the 2018-2019 State Grants to Libraries were distributed, funding 318 grants to academic, public, and school libraries across the state. 97.5 % of all libraries in the state received funding at a minimum of $3,500. 

thumbnail graphic of state grants to libraries impact

The Impact of State Grants to Libraries: 2017-2018 (PDF). In 2017, $2.5 million was distributed to 316 public, school, academic, and institutional libraries. See how that money was used, some benefits of the funding, and how grantees said the funding helped them.


Additional Resources

Funding Allocation Charts

2018-2019 Final Funding Allocation (PDF)

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. Check 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

Final report is due by July 15, 2019. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2019.


  • 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:
  • Kits and other non-traditional circulating items: view the Check Out an Experience! CSL in Session archive for ideas on different items to add to your collection and how to implement the circulation.


Resource: 2017 Overview and Q&A webinar archive 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 
Access the Adobe Connect archive here
View the webinar PowerPoint


Melissa Carlson, Program Manager

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