Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DPI Managed Projects & LSTA Information

This post may look familiar to you since it was published on a Monday, known at DLT as an "extra" post day, over a week ago.  It is being republished with additional links to important information, in the event that anyone missed the first post, and to let you know what is not in the LSTA Information and Guidelines. This year, as in 2016, the DPI Managed Projects and Resources 2017
LSTA Division for Libraries and Technology, Managed Projects and Resources 2017
is located in a separate document to eliminate confusion with non-competitive and competitive grant projects.  

LSTA Information and Guidelines for Wisconsin 2017
.pdf is now posted on the LSTA web page. The Table of Contents has clickable links to chapters, category information, and examples of documents for the upcoming application and evaluations.

The 2017 LSTA Application form is now open and accepting applications.  All applications are due October 14, 2016 by 4:30 p.m.

Chapter three is a calendar for the 2017 grant year. Depending upon the U.S. Congressional allocation of funds to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this will be the second round of the “new” grant cycle beginning April 2017 and ending March 2018.

Grant category consultation (Chapter 4) is divided up into more general, technology, and special services/inclusive categories. Please feel free to contact us with questions after you’ve had a chance to read through the document. Formal “training” for LSTA applicants is not scheduled this year. Please contact consultants with questions. Those awarded grants are required to attend a training following notification of the award in March 2017.

Chapter five (5) is the Need to Know section where you will notice brief explanations about items that apply to all subaward applicants, as well as additional links to FAQs located on the general FAQ about LSTA Grant Applications and Awards. The FAQ is linked on the Public Library Development website’s left navigation menu that will expand to show several other FAQs for:
New this year is reference to “partnerships/collaboration” with an example of a memorandum of understanding. It is an example of a document that can be used by applicants as a contract to document the collaborative arrangement between partners.

Category requirements in Chapter Six (6) are those items that apply to all 2017 categories.

Chapter 7 describes whether a category is competitive or non-competitive, the individual requirements of each beginning with Technology categories, and eligible applicants for each. Category information provides a purpose and funding level for which eligible applicants can apply.

The application instructions chapter contains a Word document template that you can download to your computer for the construction of answers to application sections, before copying and pasting into the actual application form. There is also a spreadsheet template for the budget section that can be downloaded to your computer for help creating your project’s budget.

There are application, six-month evaluation, and final evaluation examples in separate chapters, and a section devoted to the review of applications and notification of award process.

Written by
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team