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Grants for Alaska Libraries and Schools

The Alaska State Library helps public and school libraries acquire financial assistance.

Interlibrary Cooperation Grant

Each year, the Alaska State Library awards Interlibrary Cooperation (ILC) Grants funds for proposals with a direct impact on library users. Libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special) are encouraged to submit proposals. 

Interlibrary Cooperation Grants are competitive and project-oriented. A grant review committee will evaluate each proposal and score it according to a rubric. Proposals with significant statewide impact on the sharing of resources; cooperative services with another library; innovative programs for the delivery of library services; or training or other programs that strengthen library services, will be more competitive.

Grantees must demonstrate financial commitment to providing ongoing library services once the project is finished. ILC grants cannot be written to support ongoing operational costs, replace primary funding sources, or fund activities that are the primary responsibility of the applicant library.

Federal and/or State Funding Source

The Alaska State Library uses federal Grants to States funds under the Library Services and Technology Act (CFDA 45.310) and/or State of Alaska grant funds for Library Assistance Grants. If awarded, the pass-through funding source will be indicated in the grant agreement. Funds are granted according to the resources available.

Statutes & Regulations

Visit Alaska Library Law for specific statutes and regulations for the Interlibrary Cooperation Grant under Library Assistance Grants.

  • Alaska Statutes: Article 03 Library Assistance Grants Sec. 14.56.300. - 14.56.340.
  • Alaska Administrative Code: Article 2: Library Assistance Grants 4 AAC 57.050. - 57.099.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an ILC Grant a library must fit the criteria under Alaska Library Law 4 AAC 57.065. Interlibrary cooperation grants. These competitive grants must promote or support one of the following:

  • Sharing of resources.
  • Cooperative services with another library.
  • Innovative programs for the delivery of library services.
  • Training or other programs that strengthen library services.

Contact the Grants Coordinator if you have questions about eligibility or the application.

Timeline

  • Complete Application and Attachments Due April 1
  • Awards Announced After State Budget Approval and DEED Grant Spending Plan Approval
  • Agreements Due Within 30 Days of Award
  • Payout Within 30 Days of Agreement
  • Final Grant Reports Due September 1st of the Following Year

Questions?

Contact the Grants Coordinator at eed.library.grants@alaska.gov or 907-465-2271.