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FAQ about Budgets for LSTA Grant Applications

LSTA Planning and/or Project Budget

 
Salaries/Wages/Benefits:

All salaries, wages, and fringe benefits paid to staff directly contributing to the project.
 
Consultant Fees:
All expenses related to acquiring the services of a consultant for a specific activity within the project can be included in this category. Costs may include fees, travel, accommodation, and support services hired directly by the consultant.
 
Travel:
Travel costs must be related to the project activities and must be incurred by the staff working on the project. The costs include airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, meals, etc. For airfare, economy class must be used at all times.
 
Supplies/Materials:
Costs for supplies and materials including computing devices (if the acquisition cost per unit is less than $5,000) purchased specifically for the project.
 
Equipment:
Tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.
 
Services:
Costs of project activities to be undertaken by a third-party contractor or vendor, including a formal partner.


Other Operational Expenses:
This description includes allowable indirect costs incurred by the grantee.

Indirect Costs:
An indirect (overhead) cost is an organization's incurred cost that cannot be readily isolated or identified with just one project or activity. See Need to Know.

The following table image is linked to a sample spreadsheet. Include requested amounts for LSTA funds and matching funds allocated in support of the project. There is no requirement that LSTA funds be matched with local funds; however, matching funds must also be described in the budget narrative.

Local matching funds may include both existing and new budget items for direct expenditure on the project. For this purpose, existing or in-kind budget items may include space, equipment, salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, and other related costs. Federal funds received by public libraries must be deposited with the library's municipality per Wis. Stats. s. 43.58(2). Federal audit requirements must be met.
 
LSTA Budget Table example
Image of the Budget Table - Click on image to download a sample spreadsheet to your computer.