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State Grants to Libraries

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In the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado Legislature increased the appropriation to $3 million in the state's budget to fund the State Grants to Libraries Act. The funds will be available to eligible publicly funded school, public and academic libraries to fund grants for library materials as defined in the statute (see CRS 24-90-401). The purpose of the funds is for educational materials in libraries that support efforts to improve literacy and learning.

2019-2020 Final Funding Amounts

The Colorado State Library is excited to provide 318 libraries with State Grants to Libraries funding! For 2019-2020, the Colorado Legislature appropriated an additional $500,000 to the grant because of the demonstrated impact these funds provide to the communities the libraries serve. Final funding amounts are available here (one grant awarded per library jurisdiction, academic institution, or school district). 

2019-2020 Guidelines and Eligibility Forms


  • September 11, 2019: overview webinar.
    Archive and slides available in Webinars section
  • September 16, 2019: Eligibility forms due.
  • October 2019: Award amounts announced
  • October-November 2019: Award disbursement begins
  • May 31, 2020: End of grant period. All funds must be spent.
  • June 15, 2020: Final drawdown requests must be received.
  • July 15, 2020: 2019-2020 final grant report due.


Have a question about these forms, eligible purchases, or anything related to the State Grants for Libraries? Check our Frequently Asked Questions first - your question is likely already answered here.

Latest Resources

thumbnail graphic of 2018-2019 state grants to libraries map distribution of funds

2018-2019 Distribution of State Grants to Libraries (PDF): View a map of where the 2018-2019 State Grants to Libraries were distributed, funding 318 grants to academic, public, and school libraries across the state. 97.5 % of all libraries in the state received funding at a minimum of $3,500. 

thumbnail graphic of state grants to libraries impact

The Impact of State Grants to Libraries: 2017-2018 (PDF). In 2017, $2.5 million was distributed to 316 public, school, academic, and institutional libraries. See how that money was used, some benefits of the funding, and how grantees said the funding helped them.


Additional Resources

Funding Allocation Charts

2019-2020 Final Funding Allocation (PDF)

These list each previous grant recipient (one grant per main library jurisdiction or school district) and amount.

Colorado Libraries Collaborate! (CLC)

  • Participant List - Membership in CLC is required for public and academic libraries. Check to see if your library is already a member.
  • Participation Agreement Form - If you are not a member, you can fill out this form and become a member by October 1 to become eligible for funding.

Reporting and Evaluation

2019-2020 final report is due by July 15, 2020. All funds must be spent by May 31, 2020.

  • Link for 2019-2020 Final Report coming early 2020. Link will also be emailed to the Grant Reporting Contact Person listed on your Eligibility Form. One report per grantee.
  • Preview the 2019-2020 Report Form (PDF)
  • Reporting Q and A - frequently asked questions by grant recipients on how to report use of funds (2018-2019).



2019-2020 Overview and Q&A webinar
September 11, 2019
View the webinar archive
Webinar slide deck (PDF)


Melissa Carlson, Program Manager