PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, has been allotted $3,617,020 of American Rescue Plan Act federal funding to help "communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs."
As with Library Services and Technology Act and CARES Act funds, ARPA funds are administered in accordance with the Grants to States program by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. IMLS has provided guidance for the use of the ARPA funds, including:
- enabling libraries to reach residents with internet hotspots, accessible Wi-Fi and other digital inclusion efforts, particularly in support of education, health and workforce development;
- providing rapid emergency relief to libraries, allowing them to safely respond to the pandemic and implement public health protocols; and
- supporting library services that meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S.
A major portion of the funding will be distributed through a formula award to the 90 public and tribal library systems in Arizona. The intent of the formula awards is to reach as many Arizonans as possible through their local public libraries.
"Libraries not only serve as an amazing source of information, but also work to connect people to critical resources and programs," said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. "These grants are a great way for them to truly make a difference to those who need it the most."
As plans are formalized, updates will be posted on the Arizona State Library's COVID-19 Resources and Grants pages.