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Grants to Missouri Public Libraries for
Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Missouri State Library - Office of the Secretary of State

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Missouri public libraries for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Priority funding is intended to assist libraries that use technology to address digital inclusion, and to help with efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the pandemic. Grants may be used for equipment, personnel, services, software, and supplies.

Per guidelines set by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, CARES funds must be used for the following purposes:

  • Primarily to address digital inclusion and related technical support, using the following types of data to inform targeted efforts: 
    • Poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
    • Unemployment
    • Broadband availability; 
  • Secondarily to address other efforts that prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19; and
  • With respect to (a) or (b), reach museum and tribal partners, in addition to traditionally eligible library entities, where appropriate.

Examples of projects:

  • Providing workforce recovery training or bridging the digital divide, such as through courses on technical skills improvement, online safety, resume writing, job searching, etc.
  • Implementing or expanding broadband access beyond the library building, but not past the library’s property line
  • Implementing or expanding non-contact services such as self-check stations, self-check apps, book vending machines, and holds kiosks
  • Redesigning a library’s website to improve user-friendliness and usefulness
  • Hot spot lending programs, providing CIPA-compliance is assured
  • Laptops for patron checkout, providing CIPA-compliance is assured
  • Expanding access to digital resources, such as eBook collections or databases

For additional information related to allowable expenses, see Page 3 of the Application in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190289

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds are available to libraries in tiers based on the population served:
- Population served: < 15,000; minimum amount is $500 and maximum amount is $12,000
- Population served: 15,000 – 39,999; minimum amount is $500 and maximum amount is $18,000
- Population served: 40,000 – 149,999; minimum amount is $500 and maximum amount is $30,000
- Population served: 150,000 +; minimum amount is $500 and maximum amount is $50,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Period End Date: June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Missouri public libraries certified to receive State Aid are eligible to apply.

Common unallowable costs include:
- Plexiglass shields or sneeze guards
- Office equipment, such as telephones
- Refurbished computers or other technology
- RFID tags
- Staff travel
- Security gates or automatic doors
- Electronic signage of a general nature
- Remodeling and construction costs
- Staff costs for regular work hours
- Equipment and technology for new facilities that are less than 80% complete at the time of application
- General supplies such as printer paper, ink cartridges, or toner

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than July 1, 2020.

Grants will be awarded as they are reviewed and approved, so libraries are highly encouraged to apply as soon as possible and not wait for the final application due date.

Public libraries requesting grant funds in excess of $5,000 are required to have documentation on file with the Department of Homeland Security and the Missouri State’s Office of Administration/Division Purchasing confirming the eligibility of the library’s employees to work in the United States.

There are 2 payments for this grant, so make sure your library has the ability to cover all grant expenses until the time at which they are reimbursed.
- Libraries can request the first payment, 50% of the award, as soon as the grant period begins, as long as they start spending funds within 45 days. Some libraries wait to submit their first payment request with the interim report, which is also acceptable.
- The final payment, not to exceed the remaining 50% of the award, may be requested with the final report and is made only after the final report has been reviewed and approved.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

E-mail the completed grant application to, OR fax the completed grant application to (573) 751-3612.

If you have questions as to what technological items your library may require for a new or expanded service, contact MOREnet at 1-800-509-6673 or

Direct questions to:
Terry Blauvelt, Grants Officer

Janet Caruthers, Technology and Resource Sharing Consultant

Matt Butler, Digitization Consultant (and Technology Consultant as well for this grant)

Missouri State Library
600 W. Main
P.O. Box 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387

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