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Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft recently announced his office awarded 27 technology mini-grants to several Missouri libraries, including the Marion County Library, totaling $325,370.
The grants provide funds to public libraries to assist with funding technology and automation-related equipment, other hardware, and software to improve network infrastructure. Funds can also be used to purchase new equipment in order to improve library services.
“Missouri’s libraries serve as vital resource hubs for their communities,” Ashcroft said. “These grants provide libraries with the technology they need to expand services to better meet the needs of their patrons.”
The Marion County Library is receiving $7,535 for community technology betterment.
Grants are administered through an application process and awarded based on justified need as well as the library’s ability to effectively oversee the funds to bring the project to fruition.
Since Jan. 1, 2022, Ashcroft’s office, through the Missouri State Library, has awarded 163 grants totaling $2,036,269.88.