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CARES Act Funding for Libraries

Applications Due: Monday, August 24, 2020

Submit completed applications to:
Jean Marie Heilig

CARES Act Funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Funding for Round 2

The Colorado State Library (CSL) will distribute a total of $200,000 in non-competitive grants to select public library jurisdictions*(library district, municipal library, county library, joint library, etc.)  

IMLS has set funding priorities based on the following:

  • Poverty
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Unemployment; and
  • Broadband Availability.

The State Library has identified 18 counties* that have the highest need based on these funding priorities.

Library Jurisdictions in the identified counties* can apply for the grants. The simplified grant application is designed to capture only essential information.

We anticipate funding approximately 20 library jurisdictions with a maximum of $10,000 for each jurisdiction.

Grant funding must be used for any of the following:

  • Device lending to patrons (hotspots, Chromebook, tablets, ereaders, etc.) Devices must be configured to ensure compliance with CIPA (filtering).
  • Materials for virtual and low-touch passive programming (take and make crafts etc.)
  • Unemployment resources (online tools, publications, etc.)
  • eBooks / Audio Books

*At this time applications will be accepted from public library jurisdictions located in the following Colorado counties

Baca Kiowa
Bent Kit Carson
Broomfield La Plata
Cheyenne Lincoln
Clear Creek Mineral
Crowley Park
Custer Phillips
Hinsdale Prowers
Jackson Routt

Submit completed applications to:
Applications Due: Monday, August 24, 2020

Jean Marie Heilig