The Department of Libraries supports the mission of local public libraries to provide easy interlibrary loan access for all patrons. The Department provides access to a statewide interlibrary loan system to support this.
In addition to the statewide interlibrary loan system, the Department of Libraries administers an interlibrary loan courier service contract and provides grants to those public libraries that can be added to the service by the vendor. The purpose of this grant is to make it possible for public libraries to provide interlibrary loan services to their communities without the rising costs of postage limiting service access.
This year, due to the availability of ARPA funds, we are able to offer expanded funding for the courier grants and make this a non-competitive grant. For libraries that have one stop per week, the grant will continue to cover half the cost of one stop per week ($536.77 for federal fiscal year 2021). For those libraries with more than one stop per week we are offering a grant that will cover the full cost of one stop per week ($1073.54 for federal fiscal year 2021). The grant program for this may change next year when ARPA funds are no longer available, so please take advantage of the increased availability and apply today!
- Each eligible library with one courier stop per week will receive a grant of $536.77 to be used toward payment(s) to the courier service vendor. Libraries are not authorized to use grant funds for any other purpose.
- Each eligible library with more than one courier stop per week will receive a grant of $1,073.54 to be used toward payment(s) to the courier service vendor. Libraries are not authorized to use grant funds for any other purpose.
- Eligible costs include one or more weekly stops by the courier service vendor.
- The library programs supported with this grant must take place between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. All grant funds must be expended by September 30, 2022.
- Libraries must acknowledge funding support from IMLS through the Vermont Department of Libraries in program publicity and press releases.
- Vermont public libraries may receive grants under this program. For this grant cycle the grant will be considered non-competitive.
- Eligibility for this grant award includes grantee compliance with assurances required by previous Courier grants.
- Eligible grantees are those that are not currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government and are current in submissions of the Subrecipient Annual Report and Single Audit Reports for at least the past three years and must pass a pre-award risk assessment.
The Courier Grant application period opens August 1, 2021 and closes at midnight on August 31, 2021. Both the grant application and supporting documents must be submitted before the application period closes.
Applying for the Grant
- Method of submission: Complete online application, including uploading all supporting documents requested.
- Applications must be completed online by August 31. 2021. Any applications completed past August 31, 2021 will not be considered.
- Award letter and grant administrative documents will be sent to the Library Director.
NOTE: Your application is not considered complete until both the application and the supporting documents are submitted.
The application for this grant has moved online this year, and is available here: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/vt/libraries/courier_grant.
Prior to beginning your application, please review the information needed (on the first page) and make sure you have the following documents ready to upload:
- A W9 that has been hand-signed (no electronic signatures) within the last six months
- A valid Certificate of Insurance
Information about the 2020-2021 Grants (Awarded in October 2020)
- Grant Certification & Expenditure Report (Fillable PDF - Any library awarded a grant must submit by October 31, 2021)
- Grant Scoring Rubric (PDF - will be used when scoring applications)