A California State Library LSTA grant program intended to facilitate easy duplication of successful projects

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Please read the About page before you apply.

We are using the online Submittable grant application management system for this opportunity. When you click on the application link, you will be directed to either sign up for a Submittable account or to sign in if you have an existing account. Once you have done so, you will be directed to the online application form.

To apply, visit the online CopyCat Application Form.

Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2020


Applicants will be notified of application status around December 9, 2020.

Grant period is from mid December 2020-August 2021.


Only California public libraries are eligible for this opportunity. Libraries must apply by jurisdiction. Larger library systems may apply more than once as follows:

  • 1–5 branches, one application
  • 6–19 branches, two applications
  • 20 branches or more, three applications

For those library jurisdictions applying more than once, each application must represent a different project.

Libraries may apply to replicate one of the 13 projects with toolkits available on this site, or propose to copy another successful, replicable project that can be implemented within the grant period. Each project has a maximum amount, as follows:

ProjectMaximum Amount
3D Design Coaching$12,000
Adult 101$8,000
Bike Kitchen$10,000
Creative Thursdays$8,000
Learning to Go$12,000
Memory Lab$20,000
NASA@ My Library$20,000
PACE (Project and Collaborative Education)$18,000
Pop-Up Makerspace$10,000
Read Together Kits$20,000
Robo Dojo (Coding with the Robot)$12,000
Sit and Be Fit$18,000
Uke Can Do It$18,000
Other Proposed ProjectUp to $20,000

Any project which you propose for funding, beyond the 13 projects on this site, must have documentation that you can provide (with links and/or attached documents) that covers who conducted the project, how it was conducted and how it was successful. The project must also fit under California’s current LSTA five-year plan and must be able to be completed within the grant period. For any projects proposed that include computer equipment that can be used to connect to and browse the internet, the applicant library must certify compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).