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 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 including EDI 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
The following grants are available:
- Eight (8) grants in the amount of $1,200 are available
- Eighteen (18) grants in the amount of $750 are available
- July 30, 2021 – Applications due
- August 2021 – Awards Announced
- December 1, 2021 – Funds must be spent and Grant Closing Reports completed by member libraries
- December 2021 – Funds will be distributed
- Fill out and submit the 2021 Outreach Mini-Grant Application by email to MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin at email@example.com. Applications are due July 30, 2021. Recipients will be announced in August 2021. Funds will be disbursed in December 2021.
- Funds must be used to improve library services for the outreach target group indicated by the library director in the application.
- Funds must be spent between June 1, 2021 and December 1, 2021.
- Funds may be used in the following categories:
- Contracts for programs/trainers/tutors/assistive services (examples: to teach English to non-native speakers; to provide workforce development support; to provide sign-language interpretive services at public programs; for staff to learn Spanish or sign-language; for staff to develop Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion competencies to support target populations)
- Library personnel costs to support improved library service to outreach target groups
- Library materials (example: ESL DVDs; Foreign language materials)
- Project equipment (examples: auxiliary aids and assistive technology such as ZoomText Magnifier/Reader; CCTV/Video Magnifier; FM Assistive Listening System)
- Project supplies (examples: whiteboard for tutors; workbooks for ESL & GED students)
- Project publicity
- Other purposes directly related to project success
- All libraries will be required to complete a grant closing report providing the following information:
- how the funds were used
- acknowledgement that funds were used in accordance with the grant requirements
- results of the program