Library Services and Technology Act

Apply for an LSTA Grant

LSTA Grants are provided by the California State Library to assist libraries and library-related agencies develop programs and projects that enhance library service for all Californians.

LSTA funding is also used to fund targeted programs that support statewide programs.

Be sure to read the following two documents before applying for a grant.

1) CIPA and LSTA

2) Federal Restrictions on the Use of LSTA Funds

3) View Sample LSTA Application

Below are all of the current grants available.

STeP Project: Skills for Teen Parents

Skills for Teen Parents Project logo The California State Library and the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) are currently accepting applications from California public libraries to participate in the STeP (Skills for Teen Parents) Project.

Application deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015, 5 PM.

Project information and requirements: Frequently asked questions – FAQs

Each selected library will receive:

  • A $5,000 allocation through SCLC to implement the project at one location within its jurisdiction
  • A core collection to support the project at its chosen location
  • Outreach materials and marketing support
  • Intensive training and ongoing technical assistance throughout the project year

Application process:

  1. Before you apply:
    Read the FAQ document (see above) and watch the Infopeople informational webinar on the STeP project.
  2. Once you have viewed the webinar, apply online at To assist you, we are providing a print version of the application and a list of resources. We strongly suggest that you refer to the print version and develop your answers before accessing the application online, as the online application has to be completed in one session. Apply by Friday, May 22, 2015.
  3. Application review and interviews from late May through June 2015.
  4. Applicants will be notified by no later than July 3, 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Janet Coles
Library Programs Consultant
California State Library

(Documents in PDF format can be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.)