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Grant Information and Application Form


The purpose of the “Libraries Transform” grant is to annually provide a SCKLS member public, academic, school district or special library with a matching grant up to $25,000 towards a project and program of change for their community library.  Matching grant(s) may vary depending on the availability of grant funds from SCKLS and upon number and amounts of qualified grant applications from member libraries.  The general objectives of the grant are to:

  • Increase awareness and support for transforming the local library
  • Further the perception of the library as essential to the community
  • Energize library advocates to influence local, state and national decision-makers

Please review the grant application for more details about eligibility and conditions.  Prospective applicants must meet with the SCKLS Director to review grant eligibility guidelines by September 30, 2020 and prior to the October 15, 2020 submission deadline.


January 1, 2020  Grant availability announced.
By September 30, 2020  Applicant library director and board chair or college/school administrative officer must meet with SCKLS Director to review grant guidelines.
By October 15, 2020  Deadline for grant application submission.
By December 20, 2020      SCKLS Executive Committee reviews and selects grant recipient(s).
By December 31, 2020  SCKLS Award check distributed to grant recipient(s).
By December 31, 2021  Program/project must be completed, funds expended and recognition documentation submitted to SCKLS.



The primary purpose and costs associated with this grant application cannot be for projects or programs to repair or maintain for roof, heating/ventilation, electrical or other building infrastructure. 

The costs identified in this grant application cannot/will not be duplicated in the applicant’s other program/project funding or in applications for other SCKLS grant programs during 2021.

If applicant is a school library, school library services must be administered by a licensed school library media specialist in compliance with  Kansas Administrative Regulation 91-31-32(c) (9) (e) Library Services.

For a full list of grant conditions, please review the application.

Have a question? Contact Paul Hawkins, SCKLS Director, 800-234-0529, Ext. 113