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​​​

No grants are available at this t​​​ime.

FYE 2023 Subgra​nt Recipients

Congratulations to all of the libraries that have been awarded subgrants and selected as host sites for SIP2Go and the Prime Time Family Reading Grant! KDLA has distributed $206,000 to support these initiatives for the 2023-2024 FYE. Another $20,000 has been allocated to the Tuition Reimbursement Program that assists KY library employees to obtain an MLIS. KDLA leadership thanks the Institute for Libraries and Museums and Services, the Kentucky Science Center, and the Kentucky Humanities Council for their continued partnership and for making these programs available to libraries and communities across the Commonwealth. 

Continuing Education & Conference Grant Recipients

  • Bell County Public Library
  • Bracken County Public Library
  • Casey County Public Library
  • Cynthiana Harrison County Public Library
  • Green County Public Library
  • McCreary County Public Library
  • McLean County Public Library
  • Russell County Public Library
  • William B. Harlan Memorial Library (Monroe County)

English Language Learning Grant Recipient

  • Kenton County Public Library

Science In Play2Go Host Sites

  • Pike County (Version 1)

Oct. 10, 2023 - Jan. 13th, 2024

  • Bracken County (Version 2)

Oct. 28, 2023 – Feb. 3, 2024

  • Russell County (Version 1)

Jan. 1, 2024 – April 20, 2024

  • Madison County (Version 2)

Feb. 10, 2024 – May 11, 2024

  • Mason County (Version 1)

April 27, 2024 – Aug. 3, 2024

  • LaRue County (Version 2)

May 18, 2024 – Aug. 17, 2024 

Prime Time Family Learning Host Sites

  • Corbin Public Library
  • Crittenden County Public Library
  • Fleming County Public Library
  • George Coon Public Library 
  • Henderson County Public Library
  • Meade County Public Library
  • Oldham County Public Library
  • Powell County Public Library 
  • Rowan County Public Library
  • Trimble County Public Library
  • Wolfe County Public Library 

Tuition Reimbursement Grant 2022

Last year, staff members from the following libraries received reimbursements for classes related to a master's in library and information Science. KDLA is set to distribute $20,000 in Tuition Reimbursement grant funds for FY 2024. 

  • Bath County Public Library
  • Campbell County Public Library
  • Louisville Free Public Library
  • Spencer County Public Library​

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