Funds will Expire in December: Urge Congress to #FundLibraries!
Federal funding increases for libraries are currently on hold. We need your help.
As you may be aware, while the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 started on October 1, Congress is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) through December 3, 2021. Since the FY 2022 appropriations bills have not yet been enacted, this means that the federal government is running on level funding from FY 2021 through December 3.
Thanks to all of your advocacy earlier this year, the proposed FY 2022 appropriations bills include significant increases for federal funding for libraries, including an additional $9 million for the IMLS-administered Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in the House bill, and $3 million for the Department of Education-administered Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant (IAL). In addition, the Senate draft includes $3 million for an important Information Literacy Taskforce. However, we need to ensure that these increases remain included as Congress works to reach their final agreement before the deadline.
Will you contact your legislators and ask them to ensure these funding increases are included for libraries in FY 2022?