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Get Ready to Apply

To be ready to apply for a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, there are steps you must take to be prepared to apply.  Some of these steps may take several months (such as adopting required policies and procedures), and some may take just a day or two.  You should complete these tasks before the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) announces the opportunity to apply for a grant.

Know Your Numbers

Before applying for an LSTA grant, organizations must already have (or register for) the following four numbers.  Click on the name for tutorials on how to find that number:

    1. Administrative Unit Number (AUN);
    2. Pennsylvania Vendor Number;
    3. Unique Entity Identifier (UEI); and
    4. Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). 

      Learn how:

      Sign Up for eGrants

      Before applying, organizations must sign-up to use PDE’s eGrants. Grant applications are submitted and managed on eGrants

      Learn how:

      Sign Up for eSignatures

      Before applying, organizations must decide if they want to use eSignatures, an online way to sign grant documents in eGrants.

       Learn more about eSignatures:

      Adopt Policies and Procedures

      Before applying, organizations must adopt policies and procedures that comply with federal Uniform Administrative Requirements.  When you submit your grant application, you will need to submit copies of the policies and procedures.

      Learn more (including sample policies and procedures):