24 July 2007

2007-2008 Construction Grant Programs

State Librarian Janet M. Welch announced recently that for the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has provided a special $14 million allocation for public library construction in New York State. These capital funds are separate from, and in addition to, the annual $800,000 local assistance funds appropriated for 2007-08.

The 2007-08 construction programs are similar but not identical to the 2006-07 programs which resulted in 201 grants for the $14 million program and 71 grants for the $800,000 program throughout the state.

Public libraries or public library systems may apply for a construction grant for the purpose of site acquisition (purchase of land with an existing building), or for the construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of a library building. The grant can fund up to 50% of the cost of an eligible project. Routine maintenance is not fundable under the public library construction program.

Application materials for both the $14 million and $800,000 programs are available on the State Library's website. They include the grant application and instructions, budget forms, an application checklist, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, and information on the allocation of funds throughout the state.

Please note that local libraries must work with their public library system and submit their applications to the system before they will be reviewed by the State Library. The deadline for receipt of applications at MVLS is Wednesday, August 1. The MVLS Plan for Administration of State Aid for Library Construction is available on our website.

Questions about the construction grant program can be directed to Lois Gordon or Carol Clingan at MVLS.

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