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The Washington Library Media Association is a volunteer organization that provides networking opportunities and professional support for teacher-librarians, library paraprofessionals, parents, teachers and administrators. We work to ensure that the students of Washington State are effective users and producers of ideas and information by providing:
- support for information and technology literacy instruction,
- reading advocacy for lifelong learning and enrichment and
- equitable access to information resources and services
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The Washington State Library has three Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant programs currently accepting applications. Information on these available grant opportunities can be found by clicking on each grant program below.
Broadband 2014: Grants will be used to allow public and tribal libraries to upgrade and add network hardware and software to take advantage of significantly enhanced broadband connectivity. Preference will be given to those libraries which participated in a Round One or Two ARRA Broadband (NTIA BTOP) grants awarded to the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) and to those libraries with a service population of less than 10,000. Other public and tribal libraries may apply but will not receive preference for this grant cycle. The application deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014.
Digital Literacy 2014: Funding is for public, academic, college, tribal, and school libraries to implement projects that support Digital Literacy projects in the community. The application deadline is Friday April 18, 2014.
Washington Rural Heritage 2014: Grant awards are available to small and rural, public, and tribal libraries to encourage the development of long-term sustainable digitization programs at these libraries through the creation of an initial digital collection published as part of the Washington Rural Heritage collection. Note that the qualification criteria for public library service area population has risen from 25,000 or less, to 50,000 or less. The application deadline is Friday, May 9, 2014.
You can always check http://sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/grants/ for the most current Washington State Library grant information.
A note from our treasurer: All checks from WLMA must be cashed within 90 days of the date on which the check was issued. Checks not cashed within 90 days of issue will be cancelled.