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MMLL Mini-grant program Fy 23

The FY23 Mini-Grant Program Information

FY 2023 Mini Grant Application


  • Program Announced ………………………………..….....February 22, 2023

(All applications received during this period will be considered equally.)

    • Application Due Date …….…………….……………………… March 24, 2023
    • Award Announced ………….….……………….………………. March 31, 2023
    • Project Implementation ………….…………….…….... 4/1/23 – 8/25/23
    • Reimbursement Request Due Date ……...……....... August 31, 2023

    Mini Grant Application

    *The Mini-Grants Committee will use this SCORING RUBRIC to help them make funding decisions.

    Did you receive a grant?  Congratulations!!! Here are the reimbursement instructions and form:

    Reimbursement - pdf


    FY22 Round Two Grant Recipients:

    The total amount awarded in Round Two = $9,684

    Benzonia Public Library:  $1,000 (Project) - Purchase a Heavy-Duty All-in-One play kitchen for interactive play at the library fostering imagination, using the recently gifted collection of play dishes, food and other accessories.

    Big Rapids Community Library:  $1,000 (Project) - Create STEM Backpacks to assist student learning in the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The backpacks will include books, activity sheets, games, and other curriculum-based STEM activities that are fun and game-like. SAKs (Science Adventure Kits) will be created for each core STEM subject geared toward 2nd through 6th-grade students. Backpacks will continue to be refilled and reused long into the future as an essential resource for our patrons. 

    Central Lake District Library:  $1,000 (Project) - Purchase a 3D printer to be used at the library as a great addition to our Tween and Teen programming.

    Chase Township Public Library:  $461 (Project) - Expand library service into the digital world by participating in the Up North Digital OverDrive consortium.  As our library is not fully automated yet this will make a huge difference, especially to serve patrons who live a life that is constantly on the go and who do everything digitally.

    LeRoy Community Library:  $1,127 (Project) - Offer 50 subscription book bags as an ancillary part of our summer reading program, providing Early Literacy resources and options for Emergent Readers, Beginning, and Developing Readers.  Participants (or their parents/guardians) will fill out an interest survey to help guide the contents of the bags. Each bag will contain a book to keep; library books based on their responses; a "try it!" book; a goody bag; and a STEAM activity. 

    Pathfinder Community Library:  $500 (Project) - Establish a fully stocked STEM closet for tweens and teens to engage in STEM related learning experiences and also aid them in learning cooperation and expand their exposure to the library and all that we have to offer.

    Reed City Area District Library:  $732 (Project) - Sensory Story Hour - an enhancement to our current Story Hour programming which occurs once a week and is open for our two- to seven-year-old patrons. We will be purchasing several non-literary, tactile, or sensory items to enhance the experience and better engage our patrons, connecting to real-life skills and experiences. The expected outcome is more robust, engaging, and diverse programming.  Surveys will be conducted to measure the impact.

    Richfield Township Public Library:  $870 (Project) - Replace the primary print/fax/copy machine has started to fail despite with an updated model to improve service to our customers.  We would choose a model that offers color copying/printing as well as fax capability.  We are the only place in town that offers this service to the public.

    Richland Township Library:  $300 (Event) - Funding for Summer Reading Program "One Rockin' and Reading with Leonardo Music Concert" on July 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

    Seville Township Library:  $495 (Event) - Funding for Summer Reading Program by Dynamic School Assemblies, INC. - one of their live options.

    Shelby Area District Library:  $1,000 (Project) - Update our Local History Room which contains family histories, photos, yearbooks, historic documents on local destinations/landmarks, and more.  Archival box albums would maximize storage space while protecting what's inside, oversized scrapbooks would protect and display larger documents, and a linen wrapped step riser could display antique Shelby Centennial chinaware. 

    Walton Erickson Public Library:  $800 (Project) - Purchase a thermal printer to print receipts when checking out books via the automated system, which is getting closer to completion. Also, add much needed books to the children's collection.

    White Pine District Library:  $400 (Event) - The new TAG (Teen Activity Group) has planned Summer Reading programs and would like to purchase books, supplies, and refreshments for these programs.

    FY22 Round One Grant Recipients:

    The total amount awarded in Round One = $10,817

    Bellaire Public Library:  $1,000 (Project) - Purchase 3D printer for use by patrons of all ages, especially teens and tweens.  New IT staff leading programming on coding to make D&D playing pieces and more.

    Big Rapids Community Library:  $1,250 (Project) - Subscription boxes for teens (grades 8-12) and children (grades 4-7).  Include books selected from library collection, a book to keep, craft/activity, and fun goodies to keep.

    Central Lake District Library:  $700 (Project) - Create Lego, origami, craft/STEM Saturdays for kids 10 and up.  Graphic novels and snacks provided.

    Hart Area Public Library:  $800 (Project) - Purchase puppet theater, puppets, and display stand for children's area.

    Leland Township Public Library:  $1,250 (Project) - Purchase printer/scanner/copier for staff - a previously leased machine, price negotiated.

    LeRoy Community Library:  $600 (Project) – Create pop-up Story Trails - weather-proof signs allowing for temporary story trails in a variety of areas. Partnering with local elementary school and others.

    Luther Area Public Library:  $537 (Project) - Purchase extender/repeater to boost WiFi connection into back room where signal is weak; provide bean bag chairs for youth in that area.

    Luther Area Public Library:  $714 (Project) - Purchase new book cart for library staff to use as main shelving cart, replacing old problematic one.

    McBain Community Library:  $500 (Event) - Battle of the Books program support - books, author visit, t-shirts, pizza (partial cost support).

    Morton Township Public Library:  $414 (Project) – Purchase OtterBox cases and carrying bags for the 4 iPads that circulate to the public (provided via ECF).

    Pathfinder Community Library:  $1,250 (Project) - Purchase two computers (one staff, one public) and a printer to replace non-working or very aged equipment.

    Reed City Area District Library:  $497 (Project) - Create a bird observation passive program - from library windows and side yard/recreation area.

    Shelby Area District Library:  $810 (Project) - Replace old, problematic computer for cataloger for increased efficiency.

    White Pine District Library:  $495 (Event) - Dynamic School Assemblies program - Swamp Creatures.




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