Funding for these grants comes from federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds provided by the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS). As such, guidelines about what can and cannot be part of your budget must adhere to federal rules and regulations.
A cost share is your contribution to the project. This is also referred to as a match. There are two types of matches: cash match and in-kind match. A cash match would be a contribution of direct monetary funds. An in-kind match refers to the time spent by individuals carrying out the project.
Projects are required to have a 30% match.
There are 7 budget categories which are based on federal reporting.
Each category includes specific line items. Each line item includes a narrative section where you can give more detail about what you are doing with this purchase and why. Applicants must use these line items in their budget. See resources for the full list.
This website, and other programs of the MBLC, is funded in part with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning.