Pilot Mini Grant Program

2021 Traverse des Sioux Regional Library System Pilot Mini Grant Program Guidelines


Mini Grant application form

Mini Grant reimbursement request form


Traverse des Sioux Regional Library System is piloting a mini grant project based on the Arrowhead Library System’s successful mini grant program.

The primary purpose of the grants is to enhance library spaces, services and programming at the local level. The secondary purpose is to provide library staff with a grant-writing experience that is streamlined but similar in requirements to other grant opportunities.

Who can apply:

The mini grants are open to all TdS school, academic, and special library members. A limited number of mini grants are available. A grant request cannot exceed $400. Grants will be reviewed and approved within one week of receipt. The pilot project will end and be evaluated for possible extension after $8,000 in grants have been awarded and completed.

Libraries can only receive one mini grant per year and funding is first come first served. All mini grants are reimbursements to grantees for the expenses approved in the application. Paid receipts will be required for reimbursement, along with an online mini grant report, staff evaluation, and a copy of a thank you letter to MN Legislators representing the area.


Projects should be completed within 12 months of the application. This allows libraries to plan now for programs in the up-coming school year. To increase usefulness of the pilot and its evaluation, please strongly consider doing projects that can be completed before the end of calendar year 2021.

Rules and examples:

Grants are awarded and reimbursements are made to institutions, not individuals. Reimbursement checks will not be issued to individuals.

The maximum award is $400. Smaller projects are just fine. If what you need is $70, ask for that.

You can combine these grant dollars with other funding--for example, a donor's gift, your own budget.

The project should be for something you could not otherwise accomplish.

We cannot pay for FOOD with very rare exceptions. We can pay for cookies and icing for a cookie decorating class because they are inherently necessary. We cannot pay for cookies for an author reception, or pizza for a youth book club meeting.

Examples of mini grant programs/projects are:

  • Develop STEAM kits for library patrons or a mobile STEAM cart for programming

  • Make the library more user-friendly with new equipment

  • Host a memoir writing seminar

  • Bring in an author or presenter for your patrons

  • Book clubs for students or teachers

Note: Mini grant programs or projects may target patrons of any age.

Libraries receiving grants will be required to submit an online report and include copies of receipts and thank you letters to legislators. Reimbursement checks can only be written when all materials are submitted.