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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

LSTA Direct Grants Application: Applicant Background and Summary


The applicant background and project summary are two separate short sections in the application.

Project Director

The Project Director is the point person for the grant and will be responsible for submitting reports. This may be the library director, or it might be another staff person. That is up to you to decide.

Project Abstract

Think of the project abstract as your elevator speech – a quick way to sum up your project to anyone. Write this section last. As you are developing your proposal, what you start out thinking you’re going to do can change, sometimes significantly.

Length of Project

Some grant categories have the option of 1 or 2 years. The time frame chosen should be about the project and how much time it needs, not how much time you would like to work on it.

How to sign up for a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

All recipients must have a unique entity identifier (UEI). These grants are sub-awards and do not require an entity registration.

The UEI must be for the parent organization. For instance, a public library would use the municipality's UEI.  Please check with your consultant if you are unsure who that is.

Universal Entity Identifier

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