Innovation Projects

PLAN member libraries may apply for funding assistance with Innovation Projects to foster innovation through New Services, New Programs, and the use of New Technologies.  Or put a new twist on some old service or procedure.

Libraries complete a short but detailed application that includes: scope of the project, need that the funding will address, resources required, activities with timeline, and how the project will be sustained.

  • Projects may be multi-year, depending on the availability of funding.  Multi-year applications should specify the amounts requested, the activities and the expenditures for each year.
  • Large and small awards will be considered but projects of $5,000 or more will require a match.
  • The application requires the approval from Library Director and the agent, office, or board to whom the Director reports.
  • Applications will be evaluated by PLAN’s Board of Directors based upon the merits of the application and the availability of funds.
  • PLAN will not issue funds directly to the library.  PLAN will purchase materials/equipment on behalf of the library.

Application Submission & Completion Timeline:

  • Innovation Project Applications must be submitted to PLAN by October 20 of the fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) in which the funding is requested.
  • Applications may be submitted via email, fax (850.235.2286), or mail.
  • The PLAN Board will review the applications and select those that will be funded by November 30.
  • Libraries receiving awards will be notified in December.
  • A written report must be submitted by August 31.
  • Recipients will share information about their project by presenting at a PLAN conference (breakout session, lightning round, or poster session), conducting a PLAN webinar, or writing a blog post for the PLAN website.

2018-2019 Innovation project recipients:

Click on Project name to view a copy of the project application.

Apalachicola Memorial Library Your Library, Too! – Serving Marginalized Populations  $4,000.00
Escambia Schools – Pensacola HS Virtual Reality for PHS Library  $3,518.00
Gadsden Co PL Digital Workforce Integration  $4,999.00
Hurlburt Field Library 3D Commandos – Design, Discover, Deploy  $4,758.00
NRWLS Adult Technology Education Lab Upgrade  $4,655.00
NRWLS Parker Library Children’s Nook  $4,868.30
NRWLS Stargazing @ Your Library  $1,175.85
NRWLS Strengthening Resilience through Community Engagement  $4,999.00
OCPLC – Robert L.F. Sikes PL Foundational Life Skills Through Creative Literacy  $2,750.00
Panhandle Public Lib. Coop. Sys. PPLCS Portal  $3,000.00
Pensacola State College Digitization  $4,650.00
UWF Historic Trust Archive Scanning Station  $4,428.00
WILD – Wakulla Co PL Book Drop Cart & Signage  $1,111.00
WILD – Wakulla Co PL WCPL Library of Things  $2,000.00

View reports of 2014-2015 Innovation Projects.

View reports of 2015-2016 Innovation Projects.

View reports of 2016-2017 Innovation Projects. View reports of Virtual Reality projects.

View reports of 2017-2018 Innovation Projects.