Great River Regional Library Legacy Grant SFY 2010 - SFY 2011

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$483,371
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$405,673
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Great River Regional Library
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Benton
Morrison
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota, 2009 Chapter 172, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

These appropriations are for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. No more then 2.5 percent of the funds may be used for administration by regional library systems. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries, or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. The Department of Education, State Library Services Division shall administer these funds.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$483,371
Other Funds Leveraged
$65,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, post-test; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status

Description of Funds
Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant. $405,673 in 2010 and $483,371 in 2011 are appropriated for arts and cultural heritage programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or statewide library organizations. Great River Regional Library administers its regional funds in cooperation with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota, 2009 Chapter 172, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

These appropriations are for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. No more then 2.5 percent of the funds may be used for administration by regional library systems. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries, or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. The Department of Education, State Library Services Division shall administer these funds.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$405,673
Other Funds Leveraged
$65,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, post-test; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status

Description of Funds
Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant. $405,673 in 2010 and $483,371 in 2011 are appropriated for arts and cultural heritage programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or statewide library organizations. Great River Regional Library administers its regional funds in cooperation with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Project Overview

Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.

Minnesota has a strong library presence with over 350 active public library buildings within twelve regional public library systems. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is a consolidated regional public library system in central Minnesota. It has thirty-two branch public libraries located in six counties: Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright. GRRL was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties. GRRL and member branch public libraries provide free access to library services and program activities for all residents of the region without discrimination. Through cooperation, shared services, and reciprocal agreements, library users have access to a wide range of public library services, programs and resources within the region and statewide. Through system collaboration, communities develop libraries that capitalize on economies of scale providing greater effectiveness, improved quality and access to more resources.

Through the State Library Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the regional public library systems each receive part of the $4.25 million Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant through a state formula program. Great River Regional Library's share through the formula is $405,673 in 2010 and $483,371 in 2011. The funds enable GRRL member branch libraries to connect with authors, playwrights, musicians, story tellers, and other arts activities providing a strong program connect for all Minnesotans with the arts and cultural heritage activities. Despite the tremendous success of this grant program the demand for arts and cultural activities throughout the twelve library regions exceed the available resources.

About the Issue

Total Legacy Dollars Received from the State: $405,673.61

GRRL allocated:
90% of the funds ($365,086.21) to region-wide projects
10% of the funds ($40,587.40) to state-wide collaborative projects

Total Number of Programs Held: 500+
Total Attendance: 22,800+
Total Number of Partnerships: 75+

Programs supported by funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund took place at all 32 branch locations of the Great River Regional Library in addition to some partner locations such as schools, senior centers, and community centers.

GRRL coordinated the planning of these programs with the use of branch staff and the Patron Services Specialist overseeing plans to meet the grant requirements.

In-Kind Staff and Partnership Contributions: An estimated $65,000 for branch staff’s time planning and presenting programs, Finance department tracking of invoices, Communication department creation of promotional pieces /printing/distribution, and administrative oversight of all of GRRL’s Legacy dollars.

Project Manager
First Name
Kirsty
Last Name
Smith
Organization Name
Great River Regional Library
Street Address
1300 West St. Germain Street
City
St. Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56301
Phone
(320) 650-2512
Email
kirstys@grrl.lib.mn.us