Innovation Projects

PLAN member libraries may apply for funding assistance with Innovation Projects 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 funding 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 applications should specify the amounts requested, the activities and the expenditures for each year.
  • Large and small awards 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 application and the availability of funds.

Application Submission & Completion Timeline:

  • Innovation Project Applications must be submitted to PLAN by October 31 of the fiscal year in which the funding is requested.
  • Applications may be submitted via email, fax (850.235.2286), or mail.
  • The PLAN Board will review the applications and select those that will be funded by November 30.
  • Libraries receiving funding will be notified in December. Funds will be disbursed beginning in January. Some project funds may be paid in installments.
  • All funds awarded must be expended and a written report submitted by August 15.
  • Recipients will share information about their project by presenting at a PLAN conference (breakout session, lightning round, or poster session), conducting a PLAN webinar, or writing a blog post.

2017-2018 Innovation project recipients:

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

Library Project Amount
Escambia Schools – Ransom Middle School Under Your Own Steam in the Cyber Age $1,840.75
Escambia Schools – Warrington Middle School Upcyclothon 2018 $915.68
Gulf Coast State College Virtual Desktop Program $8,642.40
Northwest Regional Library System – PCB Full STE(A)M Ahead with Legos $2,479.25
Northwest Regional Library System – Gulf Co PL Makers of all Ages $3,500.00
Northwest Regional Library System Sweet Songs of the Mountain Dulcimer $600.00
Northwest Regional Library System Virtual Reality in the Library $4,960
Northwest Regional Library System Tablets to Go II $4.999.00
Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System Summer Robotics Class $8,000.00
University of West Florida Pace Library Zen Zone $4,780.00
UWF Historic Archive Book and paper conservation $1,717.25
Wasington County Public Library  Cool Kids Use Car Seats $2,828.00
WILD – Franklin County Public Library  Franklin County Creators Corner $1,589.68
WILD -Wakulla County Public Library Mobile Library Unit $4932.00
WILD – Wakulla County Public Library Kids Coding $1,686.00
WILD – Wakulla County Public Library Kids Tactile Play Wall $1,781.00

View reports of 2014-2015 Innovation Projects.

View reports of 2015-2016 Innovation Projects.

View reports of 2016-2017 Innovation Projects. View reports of Virtual Reality projects.

View reports of 2017-2018 Innovation Projects.

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