Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft recently announced that on Monday, October 31, his office awarded 27 technology microgrants totaling $325,370 to several Missouri libraries. The Marshall Public Library was awarded an $11,000 grant in this announcement.
These grants provide funds to public libraries to assist in funding technology and automation-related equipment, other hardware and software to improve network infrastructure. Funds can also be used to purchase new equipment to improve library services.
“Libraries in Missouri are important resource centers for their communities,” Ashcroft said. “These grants provide libraries with the technology they need to expand their services to better meet patrons’ needs.”
Grants are administered through an application process and are awarded based on reasonable need and the ability of the library to effectively oversee funding to bring projects to fruition.
“Technology microgrants give Missouri libraries the opportunity to upgrade existing technology or use technology to try out new innovative projects,” said state librarian Robin Westphal. “Grants of this type have been a mainstay of Missouri State Libraries for many years, and we are pleased to announce the recipients of these competitive grants this year.”
Since January 1, 2022, Ashcroft’s office has awarded 163 grants through the Missouri State Library totaling $2,036,269.88. Below is the full list of recipients of this year’s grants: