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LSTA Grants

Teen Services Grant

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The State Library has allocated $28,000 for small grants to public libraries and tribal entities in Oregon to assist them in practically serving teens at their point of need.

Those applying are encouraged to consider:

  • how their project will reach underserved teens in their community; and
  • how their project offers teens the opportunity to build positive relationships with each other, with community members, and/or with library staff.

Please note, this is not CARES ACT or ARPA funding. These grants are from FY2020 LSTA funds initially allocated to the YALSA IMLS Transforming Teen Services project, which has mostly moved online due to the ongoing pandemic.


Any Oregon public library that is a Ready to Read recipient, as well as any Oregon tribal entity, is entitled to apply.

Grant recipients will be required to:

  • Spend all grant funds and submit receipts for purchases by August 31, 2021.
  • Acknowledge the funding source on any public-facing information or resources purchases made with these grant funds.
  • Submit a final report in the form of a Power Point Slide deck (no more than 5 slides total) describing the project, to be shared at a Teen Services Grant final meeting in October 2021.


Applicants can request $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000. Funds can be spent on any material/programs/services directed to teens. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Using tech tools for content creation or coding
  • Hiring an educator to provide an in-depth training on a skill set of interest to tweens and teens
  • Hiring a speaker from a specialized field to provide a workshop detailing the path between interests and careers
  • Other career exploration opportunities
  • Programming that encourages and supports informal peer to peer interaction and peer to peer mentoring
  • Programming that encourages and supports youth voice and change-making
  • Partnering with a local youth-serving organization to accomplish any of the above ideas

These costs are NOT allowed:

  • Operational costs
  • Prizes or incentives
  • Lobbying or political advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Construction or remodeling

This is not an exhaustive list; see our Allowable Cost Guide for more details.


All applicants must apply through the State Library of Oregon’s online grants portal.


Key Dates

  • April 13, 2021 Applications Open
  • April 30, 2021 Applications Close
  • May 7, 2021 Applicants Notified
  • June 7, 2021 Applicants Receive Funds
  • August 31, 2021 - Deadline to Spend Funds
  • August 31, 2021 - Deadline to Submit Receipts
  • September 30, 2021 - Deadline to Submit Final Report

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating applications, we will use the following rubric:

  • Is this project focused on serving teens in the community?
  • Is there a strong rationale for this project?
  • Is there potential for significant impact?
  • Is the project doable within the given time frame?
  • Does the project target underserved teens?