From Inside the DLP

By Dr. Katharine M. Stokes

College and University Library Specialist, Library Planning and Development Branch, Division of Library Programs, Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Library Programs, U.S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.

Congratulations to the 22 successful consortiums of libraries that were awarded Special Purpose Type C grants in the Higher Education Act, Title II-A program in June! The range in amounts awarded was from $20,000 to $286,- 000, though the range in amounts requested was from $44,803 to $1,740,000. The amounts requested by 39 unsuccessful combinations and those requested by the successful ones totaled $15,557,324. Only 15 per cent of the $25 million appropriation could be used for all three types of Special Purpose Grants, A, B and C. The larger half of that $3,750,000 was put into the Type C grants, which totaled $2,276,000.

For Type B grants, $678,000 was divided among 18 successful applicants in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $50,000. The applications for that successful group ranged from $3,000 to $454,518. The amounts requested by the successful libraries and those requested by the unsuccessful 52 totaled $4,160,157.

Type A Special Purpose grants were awarded to 37 libraries out of the 670 which applied. The range of awards was from $2,000 to $40,- 000, though the amounts requested by the successful libraries ranged from $3,000 to $600,- 000. The total requested by all Type A applicants was $24,147,958, almost the whole amount of the $25 million appropriated for Title II-A.

Basic grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 2,223 institutions and supplemental grants to 1,746. Although almost 250 more libraries received supplemental grants this year than in 1968, the amounts for which they were eligible were funded at 46 per cent rather than the 43 per cent funding last year. In every category there were more awards this year than in 1968. The Special Purpose awards increased for Type A from 19 to 37; for Type B from 9 to 18. Eleven consortia received Type C grants in 1968, involving 65 institutions; and 22 consortia, involving 209 institutions, received them in 1969. The number of supplemental grants increased from 1,524 in 1968 to 1,746 in 1969, and the number of basic grants from 2,111 to 2,223. The total requested for all categories decreased from $88 million in 1968 to $79,696,212 in 1969. The 1968 Amendments to the Higher Education Act authorized up to $75 million for Title II-A in 1970, but the recommended budget is $12,500,000. Those of you who have just received grants to be used by June 30, 1970, should be counting your blessings as you spend your money wisely and well. We wish it could have been more!

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