Fall 2007

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New York State Library Announce Construction Money for Public Libraries

Special to the NYSALB TRUSTEE

Fall 2007 issue of Trustee

A one-time allocation from the New York State Legislature of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction means that public libraries will get some help in their efforts to modernize and renovate aging facilities.   These funds will be distributed in the form of grants and are separate from, and in addition to, the annual $800,000 allocation for public library construction.

Libraries can apply for the construction grant program by going to the New York State Library’s web site at Point to Library Development and click on “$14 Million Public Library Construction Grant Program FY2006-07.”   Grants can fund up to 50 percent of a project, including site acquisition, construction, and renovation or rehabilitation of a facility.  Libraries must work with their library system to apply.

The minimum grant award is $2,500, and no award will be made for any project with a total cost of less than $5000.  While no maximum award has been determined, the amounts of awards will depend on the number of applications received and total funding available to the library system.

The grant program period is July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009.  Only expenditures made after July 1, 2006 are eligible under the grant program, but expenditures made before July 1 may count as part of the required local match.  Libraries may use local, state, or federal public funds, private funds, or a combination of funds from those sources for the required match.

Libraries are encouraged to contact their library system as soon as possible to discuss possible plans for a construction grant application or for more information about the construction grant program.  Contact information on library systems can be found at:

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