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, collections 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
- Unemployed or Underemployed
- Physically disabled
- Individuals with developmental or learning disabilities
- Confined in institutions
- Geographically Isolated
- At risk youth from birth to age 21
The following grants are available:
- Thirty (30) grants in the amount of $1,100 each
- June 24, 2022 – Applications due
- July 2022 – Awards Announced
- December 1, 2022 – Funds must be spent and Grant Closing Reports completed by member libraries
- December 2022 – Funds will be distributed following satisfactory completion of the Grant Closing Report.
- Fill out and submit the 2022 Outreach Mini-Grant Application by email to MHLS Outreach & EDI Specialist, Kerstin Cruger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due June 24, 2022. Recipients will be announced in July 2022. Funds will be disbursed in December 2022 following satisfactory completion of the Grant Closing Report.
- 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, 2022 and December 1, 2022.
- Funds may be used in the following categories:
- Contracts for programs/trainers/tutors/assistive services (examples: to teach English as a New Language (ENL) learners; 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: eBooks, print titles, DVDs for ENL learners or materials in languages other than English)
- 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 (examples: print materials, ads (print or digital), signage)
- 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