Library Initiatives for Funding Technology
The Library Initiatives for Funding Technology (LIFT) grants program assists Georgia public libraries the planning and management of library technology grants. Additional support is provided through educational opportunities related to grant seeking. Libraries can choose as little or as much help as they need, either through contacting LIFT grant staff directly and/or a self-service clearinghouse of resources.
The Available Grants page has a list of open grant opportunities that are updated weekly. The Spotlight Grants page are dedicated pages for large tech grants with resources solely for that grant. The Funded Grants page has a list of successfully funded grants awarded to Georgia public libraries, including those that used LIFT as a resource. The Resources page is a clearinghouse of tips, tools, and tutorials to assist any level of grant seeker. The Frequently Asked Questions page is a compiled list of all grant-related questions received to date.
Happy grant hunting!
Live Oak Public Libraries was awarded $3,000 from the American Library Association for assistance with hotspots, Chromebooks, and digital literacy training at their most rural areas under their Libraries Transforming Communities grant.
8 public libraries and library systems in Georgia were awarded $2,000 grants through the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills initiative for virtual library services to aid job seekers and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic (Augusta-Richmond County Library System, DeKalb County Public Library, Friedman Library, Fulton County Library System, Live Oak Public Libraries, Maxwell Library, Commerce Public Library, and Statesboro-Bulloch County Library).
Twin Lakes Library System was awarded $39,992 to partner with Georgia College and State University to document the oral history of Central State Hospital under the the Institute of Museum and Library Services Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) grant.
Two library systems received $10,000 from the National League of Cities (NLC) to aid with 2020 Census counts in hard to reach areas as a part of the National League of Cities (NLC) Census Rapid Response grant (Live Oak Public Libraries and Clayton County Library System).
Cherokee Regional Library System was awarded $39,992 for their Next Chapter program under the the Institute of Museum and Library Services Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) grant.