State funding is now available for MHLS libraries to develop and support services for state-identified targeted populations through the Outreach Mini-Grant Program. Libraries interested in receiving funding should complete the MHLS Outreach Mini-Grant application. This is a competitive grant program, and award funding will be allocated based on quality of projects submitted and completeness of applications submitted.
The MHLS Outreach Mini-Grant helps member libraries provide programs and services for the public, this can include staff training on equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) topics and other training for staff to provide services to members of the community that are part of the following populations:
- Educationally disadvantaged
- Members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services
- Physically disabled
- Individuals with developmental or learning disabilities
- Confined in institutions