The State Library is offering small grants to Oregon’s K-12 schools to enhance their school library collections and furnishings to meet needs arising from the pandemic. The maximum award ranges from $1,000 to $10,000 based on student enrollment. This project is funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies awarded to the State Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.
Oregon school districts, non-profit private schools, and public charter schools are eligible to apply. Except for private and charter schools, applications must be at the district level. Each district may decide how many and which schools to include, based on priorities, needs, etc.
The application period will open on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and close Friday, February 18, 2022. Grants will be awarded by March 1, 2022. Recipients will receive funds up front instead of through a reimbursement model. All funds must be expended and invoices/receipts submitted to the State Library by June 30, 2022.
IMPORTANT! Be sure to check with your school’s administration and finance department BEFORE applying, to ensure your school/district is willing and able to accept and administer grant funding.
Student enrollment (ODE 2020-21 data) => Maximum allowable grant request
* Note that the final report asks about outcomes, so grantees should keep those questions in mind as the project is being implemented so they are prepared to answer them.
Applicants may apply for ONE of the following:
Due to ongoing supply chain issues, we recommend grantees check with their suppliers PRIOR to purchasing titles or furniture, to ensure they can receive all items by the end of the grant period (June 30, 2022).
Furniture purchases must focus on needs arising from the pandemic. This could include, but is not limited to:
Construction or remodeling is NOT allowed, and this includes the following:
All applicants must apply through the State Library of Oregon’s online grants portal.