Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Federal Grants

​Federal grants are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the ​​Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). IMLS requires state agencies to use funds towards the following initiatives:

  1. expand services for learning and increase access to information and educational resources,
  2. increase access to electronic networks;
  3. develop partnerships with organizations;
  4. improve library services to diverse populations, individuals with disabilities, or limited functional literacy skills;
  5. improve services to underserved urban and rural communities.

​​How does KDLA determine how LST​​A funds are spent?

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives uses its annual LSTA appropriation to support a variety of statewide initiatives that further the goals of the State Library Five Year Plan that include the Summer Reading Program, Interlibrary Loan, and the Kentucky Talking Book Library.

KDLA Five Year Plan


The remainder of the LSTA funds is distributed through competitive and non-competitive grant programs to libraries throughout the state and partnering organizations. These grants are funded annually and are designed to help KDLA achieve strategic goals. Announcements for subgrants are posted on library listservs and the KDLA website. Interested applicants must meet eligibility requirements as determined by KDLA.

Library Eligibility​ (PDF)

Title VI

All grantees and subgrantees obtaining Federal financial assistance through KDLA must certify that they comply with all Federal and state statutes relating to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Click here​ for more information regarding Title VI.

Current Grant Oppo​rtunities​

The following grants are made possible through funding from the Institute for Libraries and Museum Services. Questions or feedback should be sent via email to Dena Ratliff Warren, LSTA Grants Coordinator at ​​

Science In Play2Go – Applications due September 8, 2023

KDLA and our partner, the KY Science Center, are excited to announce that funding has been provided for another location to host the Science in Play2Go exhibit.

Designed by the Kentucky Science Center, Science in Play2Go is a state-of-the-art progressive exhibit with the express purpose of encouraging children to be discoverers of knowledge and champions of their own growth. Through play, this exhibit puts a strong emphasis on the act of scientific thinking rather than scientific content. The KY Science Center will also train library staff on how to manage the exhibit and will also provide a Play Specialist who will be trained to provide STEM related activities during the exhibit.

Please complete this application to be considered as a host location for the Science in Play2Go traveling exhibit during the 2024-2025 grant period. A PDF version of this application is also available using the following link: PDF - Science in Play2Go 2024-2025 Application

To be considered for this grant period, please submit all materials no later than Friday, September 8th 2023.​

Prime Time Family Reading Grant – Applications due September 15, 2023

If your library is interested in being a Prime Time host that provides family literacy programming in 2023-24, now is the time to apply. Go to the following link for more information and to apply to be a host:​ime-time

Applications are due September 15, 2023.​

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