State Library Awards Impact Grants to Libraries

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce our FFY2020 LSTA Impact Grants. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services make these grants possible. The South Carolina State Library is responsible for administering funds to public library systems throughout the state.
Library systems could apply for grants from $5,000 up to $50,000 to fund a unique one-year project. FFY2020 beneficiaries address the target audience's needs, with many projects designed to serve minority patrons and those living in remote areas. Several projects utilize technology to improve library service while also developing 21st Century skills. Many of these initiatives have the potential to serve as models for other libraries. State Library Director Leesa Aiken says, "These impact grants are as unique and diverse as the communities that public libraries serve.  They share a common focus of providing innovative resources which engage, inspire, and educate people through their own creative efforts.  We are excited about each one of these projects and the certain impact they will have on the people in their communities. We are also delighted to partner with the John de la Howe School of Agriculture for the first time.  Stay tuned, great things are coming!"
Recipient Library Systems Include:
•    Charleston County Public Library (Mobile Creative Studio) - The program allows children, teens, and adults to engage with STEM-related equipment, including video and photography instruments, editing software, and art and textile-building tools.
•    Georgetown County Library (Literacy Bridge for Kids) – Provides at-home resources to parents and caregivers to help students in academically-challenged, rural, disadvantaged areas improve their foundational reading skills.
•    Kershaw County Library (Programming Van) – Outreach staff will use this van, equipped with a ramp for easy transport, to provide pop-up programs and services throughout the community.
•    McCormick County Library (John de la Howe School of Agriculture Partnership) – This collaborative project will offer students a comprehensive collection of materials and an exciting lineup of educational presenters.
•    Sumter County Library (Read, Learn, Grow Outreach Boxes) – The library will distribute boxes containing books, educational music and DVDs, and STEM activities to daycare centers, after school learning centers, and adults with special needs.

For more information, please contact Wendy Coplen, Grants Coordinator at or 803-734-0436.