Public Library CARES Grant

The State Library of Kansas Announces the 2020 Public Library CARES Grant


The Kansas Libraries CARES grant application is now open. The Cares grant is open from now until July 31, 2020. Funding for this grant comes to the State Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This non-competitive grant is open to Kansas public libraries. Application and guidelines can be found at


The purpose of the funding will be to help libraries address efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The application is relatively simple and the list of approved purchases is long and expansive.  The State Library wants to make this process as easy possible. Libraries will be allowed to include purchases from April 21, 2020 through September 30, 2020.


Please note, this application has an abbreviated grant timeline.

The application submission deadline will be Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. CST.



  • July 31, 2020: Application Deadline
  • August 2020: Funding Dispersed
  • September 30, 2020: Libraries should make every effort to expend the full amount awarded and according to grant guidelines by this date.
  • October 31, 2020: Libraries must submit documentation of purchase and complete a brief report via a form provided by the State Library of Kansas.


This grant opportunity for public libraries is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services federal CARES Act.


For more information, visit the State Library of Kansas website:

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