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Maine Public Library Fund Grant (Tax Check-Off) Information

Purpose: The Maine State Library will make funds from the Maine Public Library Fund (income tax check-off) available to Maine public libraries and library staff to encourage and support innovation in the creation and expansion of new library services. For continuing education and professional development grants, please apply on the Continuing Education Grants page.

Application eligibility & deadlines:The Spring 2019 application will open on February 22, 2019. Applicants must be from a Maine public library in good standing and in compliance with Maine Library Commission Rules (have submitted an Annual Report and are subscribed to either the MELIBS or MEINFO list). Partnership projects between public and school libraries are also eligible. Grant recipients will be notified in December.

Special wireless projects will be funded this Spring 2019 as well. Read more about MPLF support for wireless hardware initiative for statistics.

Both grant applications will be live on February 22, 2019 and must be received by April 5, 2019

Program grant application

Wireless hardware grant application

Types of projects funded: Awards will be granted for projects that:

  • Create and test a new service or program
  • Expand an existing service or program
  • Bring specialized staff training to the library or region
  • Support innovative and creative services for special populations and age groups

Funds may not be used for:

  • Collection development, except as related to a new service or program
  • Food, alcohol, refreshments
  • Staff pay for regularly scheduled work
  • Summer reading giveaways and prizes
  • Capital projects, including construction
  • Regular library operations and existing programs

Reporting requirements: Program award recipients will be required to submit a written report to the Maine State Library (deborah.clark@maine.gov) upon completion of the project, but no longer than 24 months within receipt of funds. MSL will supply the report form to grant recipients. Recipients of awards are also expected to share their project results at a professional meeting, webinar, conference, or in the MLA newsletter. Submit report at: https://form.jotform.us/70372971803155 .

Wireless Statistics Grant Initiative recipients must agree only to terms outlined for the program

Application review:

Program applications received by the deadlines will be evaluated based on:

  • Financial need
  • Benefits of project to the local community or target audience
  • Benefits of the project to the larger Maine library community
  • Creativity and novelty of project
  • Collaborations and partnerships
  • Willingness to promote receipt of grant
  • Experience and knowledge of the project leaders (for the $5000 grant)

Wireless Statistics Grant Initiative recipients will be evaluated by their application and funds allocated for the program.

If your library is awarded a grant, it is not eligible to apply for another award for two years. For example, if your library received an award in Fall/Winter 2017, it will not be eligible to apply for another grant until Fall 2019. If the fund grows, this rule may change to allow for more than one grant application per year. We will also encourage libraries to submit the same application for the next grant cycle if not funded due to limited funds.  Grants for professional development for library staff person from a library does not affect the library’s eligibility and vice versa.  Contact for questions: Deborah Clark at deborah.clark@maine.gov  or 1-800-649-7696 Ext. 765

 

Fall 2018 Program Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant amount Grant funds will be used for:
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library $2,500 Large-print book club for a nearby retirement community.
Lubec Memorial Library $2,500 Local oral history video series.
Washburn Memorial Library $2,141 Lego program for local students.
Orono Public Library $1,800 Culture Packs program.
Norway Memorial Library $1,500 Community art project.
Skowhegan Free Public Library $1,360 Youth robotics and coding program.
Bonney Memorial Library, Cornish $1,000 Young artists sketching program.
Dyer Library, Saco $900 Digitization of local historical photographic collection.
Lincolnville Community Library $500 Method Writing Workshop.
Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, Appleton $450 Youth animation workshop.
Stockton Springs Community Library $400 Weekly tai chi classes for seniors.
Fall 2018 Wireless Hardware Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Andover Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Belgrade Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Brooksville Free Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Florence Sturdivant Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Lincolnville Community Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Milbridge Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spaulding Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Veteran's Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winter Harbor Public Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Winterport Memorial Library $250 Purchase of hardware and software for wireless statistics
Spring 2018 Grants Awarded
Library Name Grant Amount Grant funds will be used for:
Waterboro Public Library $5,000 STEM programming for children
Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta $3,600 Expanding podcast capabilities
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell $2,500 LEGO library and programs for tots to teens
Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, Mt. Vernon $2,500 Mobile shelving to expand children's room space
Paris Public Library $2,500 Craft cart and monthly crafting programs
Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland $2,500 Portable digitization lab
McArthur Public Library, Biddeford $1,800 Outdoor movies program
Brown Memorial Library, Baldwin $1,700 Children's room improvements
Guilford Memorial Library $1,300 STEM discovery kits
Cary Library, Houlton $1,000 Quiet maker space for teens and challenged adults
Gardiner Public Library $1,000 Children's monthly nutrition programs
Patten Free Library, Bath $1,000 Books on the Bus seat covers
Pittsfield Public Library $1,000 ARSL Conference attendance
Springvale Public Library $1,000 Family summer sensory story time

 

 

Spring and Fall 2017 Grants Awarded - PDF

Fall 2016 Grants Awarded - PDF