Gates Grants to Libraries
The Gates Grants to Libraries were established by Bill and Melinda Gates to bridge the digital divide by helping libraries serving low-income communities provide Internet access and computer resources to their patrons.
The goal of the Gates Library Program is to provide grants to more than 11,000 public libraries in the U.S. and Canada serving low-income communities; providing training to librarians; and ensuring information access for future generations.
The Gates site includes a list of eligible Colorado libraries, timeline for deployment of the grants, information regarding the application process, details regarding the various grant packages, and additional details.
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) provides federal funds for annual grants for local and statewide library projects. LSTA funds are administered by the Colorado State Library. Grant application information for the fiscal year 2003-2004 are available at
See the Workshop page for information on attending a grant writing workshop!
Power Libraries Grants
The Power Libraries Project is designed to bring recognition to the role that school library media programs and staff play in promoting student achievement. The focus is on developing and promoting quality school library media programs and practices that help students meet standards. High Performance and Developing Libraries for the 2002-2003 project were announced on October 16, 2002!
State Grants to Libraries
In the 2000 Legislative session, the Colorado Legislature passed an Act allocating $2 million to be distributed to public libraries, school districts, and institutions of higher education to purchase educational resources for libraries. That same amount was again appropriated by the 2001 Legislature for libraries in Year 2.
On May 31, 2002, the line item for the State Grants to Libraries Act was vetoed. Because of this veto, the grant application and funding will not be available in Year 3 (FY 2002-2003) as previously announced. Please visit the link above for more information.
The Reading First grant program will provide the necessary assistance to districts to establish reading programs based on scientifically based reading research for all students in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
Reading First grant funds will also be focused on providing significantly increased teacher professional development to ensure that all teachers, including special education teachers, have the skills they need to effectively teach these programs.
Additionally, the program provides assistance to districts in selecting appropriate screening and diagnostic assessments and preparing classroom teachers to effectively screen, identify and overcome reading barriers facing their students.
Libraries are included as follows:
- Access to reading material – Promotion of reading and library programs that provide access to engaging reading material.
- Promote and coordinate reading, library and literacy programs to provide
access to engaging in reading materials.