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Large Competitive Grants

Large Competitive LSTA grants are now open for federal fiscal year 2017 (October 2017 through September 2018).

How To Apply

The LSTA Coordinator will be hosting training on April 6, 2017  from 9:00am – 12:00pm and we will provide individual assistance to libraries from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. This training will cover the step by step process of filling out the application for the Large Competitive Grant along with answering any questions you may have about applying for these funds. The training session will be held here at the State Library in the Piedmont Conference Room. If you plan to attend (or will be sending a representative from your library) please email Monique Walker at or call (803) 734-0436 to confirm your attendance.


Application Instructions:   

  1. Complete the application in MS Word. Print, sign, and scan.
  2. Submit to the State Library as a Word document or a PDF file attached to an e-mail. Send to the LSTA Coordinator, Monique Walker. No faxes, please.
  3. If you have questions about filling out or submitting your application, contact Monique via email or at (803) 734-0436.
  4. Email submission is strongly encouraged, but if scanning and emailing the application is not possible, mailed applications will be accepted. Send to LSTA Coordinator, P.O. Box 11469, Columbia, SC 29211.
  5. If including the optional “Project Partner Statement”, send as an E-mail attachment with your application, or mail separately.
  6. Deadline for receipt of application at the State Library:  5:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017.

IMPORTANT - Please read before applying for LSTA funds

Grants of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are available for public libraries across South Carolina. Reimbursement of related expenses is available for programs that allow libraries to develop, expand, deliver, or promote services and programs that are related to the six federal purposes.*

* The six Federal purposes as outlined in LSTA (20 U.S.C. 9141) are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;
  2. Developing library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;
  3. Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;
  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
  5. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
  6. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact Director of Library Development Kathy Sheppard, (803) 734-8653.

To submit a comment or complaint about the administration of LSTA grants, please contact the SCSL Acting Director, Leesa Aiken, 803-734-8668.

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