Adapting Technology Grant Application

Purpose: Adapting Technology is a special grant opportunity for eligible North Carolina libraries. These funds will help libraries respond directly and immediately to community needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Adapting Technology grant program supports Goal One of North Carolina’s Five-Year Plan: Strengthening Capacity.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the State Library this funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, Public Law 117-2 (ARPA).  The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical need for equitable access to technology that cultivates learning within North Carolina’s communities and reduces disparities in access to knowledge and resources.

The Adapting Technology program invites applications that will allow for libraries to improve library operations through the purchase of technology that support efforts to enable libraries to reach residents, especially in support of education, health, and workforce development needs; and/or to respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols.

Authorizing Official: The person who is allowed to accept federal money on the institution's behalf. Typically this is the County Manager, City Manager, Chair of a Governing Board, or University Dean or CFO.

Important Dates:    

  • Two application deadlines
  • Round 1-Applications received by 11: 59 om December 1, 2021 will be reviewed and award decisions announced by December 17, 2021
  • Round 2-Application closes February 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Applications received between December 2, 2021 and February 1, 2022 will be reviewed and award decisions announced by February 18, 2022
  • Grant period starts upon issuance of award and full execution of grant agreement
  • Grant period ends June 30, 2022 
  • Reimbursements due July 15, 2022 
  • Final Report Due August 15, 2022

Funds: Maximum funds available to each library: $40,000. No matching funds are required for this program. At least $2.5 million is expected to be available for the Adapting Technology grant program.

Final Report Requirements: Awardees are required to provide the State Library with a narrative based final report describing the benefit to the library and patrons.

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Library Information

Grant Information

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2. Budget Table (in whole dollars; enter zero in blank cells) *
 Short DescriptionEstimated Amount
Equipment (per item cost over $5,000)
IDC (IDC is allowable out of the maximum funding, not in addition to the maximum funding)

Submit Your Application

Upon submitting your application form you will get two emails.  The first will be from Formsite, and it will contain an unsigned copy of your application.  The second email will be from DocuSign.  You can use the DocuSign email to gather the signatures electronically by the deadline, or print the unsigned application from Formsite and gather physical signatures.  If you gather physical signatures, you must scan and email the fully signed application to by the deadline.  The application is not complete until both the Library Director and the Authorizing Official have signed.
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