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Technology Support Grants -- LSTA 2011

The New Mexico State Library is pleased to announce the availability of Technology Support Grants for public libraries.  We recognize that many of our New Mexico public libraries lack local technology support for computers and networks – for example, 30 % of NM public libraries reported that computers are down for more than 2 days – and this grant will help provide affordable tech support, and encourage tech consultants in your area to become familiar with your libraries’ unique tech needs.





Grant Timelines:

  • Applications are available on NMSL website – September, 2010
  • Applications due from libraries – November, 2010
  • NMSL notifies libraries of grant awards and provides pre-assessment document – November, 2010
  • Agreements and pre-assessment documents due from libraries -- December, 2010
  • Expenditures period begins – January 1, 2011
  • FY11 Reimbursements for Expenditures must be requested by July 20, 2011
  • First Quarterly Report (using above Project Report Form) -- Due by March 31, 2011
  • Project report due (for State Programs Report) – September 30, 2011
  • Expenditures period ends – May 31, 2012
  • All reimbursements due -- June 30, 2012
  • Final project report and post-assessment due -- August 31, 2012

Successful applicants will be chosen in the following order:

  • Library with no current technical support
  • Volunteer support only for the library
  • Dedicated contractual support to the library, paid by library’s budget [Libraries supported by city or library IT staff or city-wide technology contracts will not be eligible.]

Eligibility criteria:

  • Library is a public library as defined by NMAC 4.5.2
  • Library (if non-profit) or local government (city or tribal) has not been debarred or suspended from doing business with the federal government
  • Library is open to the public a minimum of 15 hours per week, two days per week
  • Library submitted an FY2009/2010 Annual Report
  • Library is able to pay matching portion of the service (through GO Bonds or other cash funds)
  • Library has written approval from their governing body to participate
  • Library agrees to use TechAtlas to inventory their technology with assistance from Library Development
  • Library agrees to a pre- and post-grant assessment of staff’s technology knowledge and library’s environment
  • Library agrees to provide reports as required by NMSL
  • Libraries supported by city or library IT staff or city-wide technology contracts will not be eligible

Grant amounts available:

Libraries may request a maximum of $15,000


Made on reimbursement basis, along with appropriate documentation

Local matching funds from the public library applicant:

  • The local contribution to the project must be 10% of the total amount of the project.
  • The cash match may be from local or state funds (including State GO Bond funds) or from non-governmental agencies (e.g. foundations, Friends groups, etc.).

Allowable expenditures:

  • Technology contractors

  • Software, for example, (1) security-related, (2) anti-virus software, or (3) remote support software


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