The Sedalia Public Library is one of 16 libraries have that received Workforce Development Collection Improvement Grants totaling $32,700, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced on Monday.

“Missouri’s libraries serve as resource hubs for their communities, with many acting as the de facto business center in their area,” Ashcroft said. “These grants ensure they can continue to offer their patrons materials which are vital to the development of business and workforce skills.”

Workforce Development Collection Improvement Grants are used to strengthen print, audio and digital collections in the areas of workforce development and small business support. The grants were offered to libraries with revenue below $1 million that serve populations over 20,000.

The following libraries received grants:

Library Awarded Amount

Adair County Public Library $1,500.00

Dunklin County Library $3,600.00

Ferguson Municipal Public Library $1,500.00

Heartland Regional Library System $2,400.00

Henry County Library $1,800.00

Lebanon-Laclede County Library $1,500.00

McDonald County Library $2,100.00

Mexico-Audrain County Library $2,700.00

Morgan County Library $1,500.00

Neosho/Newton County Library $1,800.00

Ozark Regional Library $3,300.00

Polk County Library $2,400.00

Pulaski County Library $2,100.00

Ray County Library $1,500.00

Sedalia Public Library $1,500.00

Texas County Library $1,500.00

Each library received a $1,500 base amount with most receiving an additional $300 for each branch location.

The Secretary of State’s State Library has approved a total of 31 grant applications in the 2020 fiscal year, totaling $191,634 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.