Trustee

Spring 2011

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ACT NOW for 2011 Public Library Construction Grant Funds

Spring 2011 issue of Trustee

The State Budget proposes $14 million in capital funding for a 2011/2014 Public Library Construction Grant Program. Libraries interested in submitting an application for these matching funds should discuss
possible projects with their library system director as soon as possible.

Eligible project activities and expenditures include site acquisition (purchase of property with an existing building), construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of a library building. Routine maintenance is not fundable under the construction program.

The minimum grant amount will be $2,500 for a minimum total project cost of $5,000. A library or library system can apply for funding even if they received an award in the past and even if the project funded in the past is still underway. However, funding may not be provided for the same project more than once. Any new funding must be for a project separate and distinct from any previously funded projects.

Libraries MUST work with their respective library systems and submit applications to the system before they will be considered for funding by the State Library. The systems will set their own deadlines for member library submission. Libraries interested in submitting an application for 2011/2014 should contact the library system as soon as possible to discuss the proposed
project and the application date.

More information about the new 2011/2014 grant application cycle will be announced on NYLINE and will be posted on the State Library’s website as it becomes available later this Spring at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/ . Plans are underway to transition from a paper-based application to an online
application process in 2011.


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