Innovation Grants

PLAN member libraries may apply for Innovation Grants to foster innovation through New Services, New Programs, and the use of New Technologies.  Or put a new twist on some old service or procedure.

Libraries complete a short but detailed application that includes: scope of the project, need that the grant will address, resources required, activities with timeline, and how the project will be sustained.

  • Projects may be multi-year, depending on the availability of funding.  Multi-year grant applications should specify the amounts requested, the activities and the expenditures for each year.
  • Large and small grants will be considered but projects of $5,000 or more will require a match.
  • The application requires the approval from Library Director and the agent, office, or board to whom the Director reports.
  • Applications will be evaluated by PLAN’s Board of Directors based upon the merits of the grant application and the availability of funds.

Grant Submission & Completion Timeline:

  • Innovation Grant Applications must be submitted to PLAN by October 31 of the fiscal year in which the grant funding is requested.
  • Grants may be submitted via email, fax (850.235.2286), or mail.
  • The PLAN Board will review the grant applications and select those that will be funded by November 30.
  • Libraries receiving a grant will be notified in December. Grant funds will be disbursed beginning in January. Some grants may be paid in installments.
  • All grant funds awarded must be expended and a written report submitted by August 15. Grant recipients should also be available to give a presentation at PLAN’s Annual Meeting or other PLAN event, if asked.

2016-2017 Innovation grant recipients:

Click on Project name to view a copy of the grant application.

Library Project Amount
Ensley Elementary School (Escambia) Claymation in Makerspace $810.00
NB Cook Elementary School (Escambia) Sphero Sphero on the Wall We’re Going to have a STEAM Ball $2,149.75
Suter Elementary School (Escambia) All about “Bots” $4,946.02
Florida A&M University Here to Help $4,927.32
Florida State University Library Ambassadors $3,025.00
Florida State University Windover Digital Collection $4,435.00
Mary Esther Public Library Tablets for Tots $2,999.00
NWRLS: Bay County Public Library Community Engagement: Popup Library Outreach $2,400.00
NWRLS: Panama City Beach Public Library Creation Station $3,502.34
NWRLS: Bay County Public Library Preserve This! Photograph Digitization Campaign $3,954.20
Santa Rosa School District Preparing Future Ready Librarians $2,848.00
Tallahassee Community College Creating a Co-Lab: Collaboration Space in the Library $3,725.00
University of West Florida FitDesk $616.00
West Florida Public Libraries Powerful Paper $4,995.93

View reports of 2014-2015 Innovation grants.

View reports of 2015-2016 Innovation grants