Dates and timeline have been affected this year due to COVID-19. Due to the increasing work load on our libraries and the economic uncertainties due to this pandemic, the North Country Library System (NCLS) has kept this funding cycle more flexible than in previous years. The Intent to Apply Form usually required by the end of May must be completed before or during the June 30th to July 13th time period.
Member libraries considering submitting an application are asked to contact the State Services Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a Zoom Meeting to discuss your library's proposed project. Technical support on the application process, eligibility, and components of the application will also be provided using Zoom. Completed applications are due to NCLS by end of business on August 17, 2020.
What is State Aid for Library Construction?
Funds from an appropriation of millions in capital funds in the State Budget to provide up to 75 percent of approved costs for broadband installation in, or construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of, or site acquisition for, public libraries and public library system headquarters - Education Law 273-a
In October 2019, two new laws amended Education Law 273-a
How Much Construction Aid is Available?
The State Legislature approved $14 million in funding for public library construction statewide. This year, the system’s allocation will be $407,060 to distribute among applicants. See the allocation chart.
The minimum award is $2,500, for a minimum total project cost of $5,000. There is no maximum award beyond the obvious as there is a finite pool of money available to split between applicants. NCLS encourages libraries to show matching funds as close to 50% as possible in case the total amount for eligible projects exceeds our allocated award amount.
Intent to Apply forms must be submitted to the system prior to or during the June 30 - Jule 13, 2020 time period,
The New York State Division of Library Development (DLD) assists member libraries with the planning and funding of library building construction, remodeling, energy conservation, emergency preparedness, accessibility, and renovations.
Any public library or public library system chartered by the NYS Regents or established by an act of the NYS Legislature is eligible to apply for State Aid for Library Construction.
◦Installation of photovoltaic panels, geothermal wells, and other alternative energy resources
◦Replacement of roofs, windows, and doors
◦Reconstruction of existing space
◦Accessible entryways (ramps & doorways) and bathrooms
◦Installation of elevators
◦New electrical, plumbing, lighting, and HVAC
◦New driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots
Previously Approved Construction Projects
The system reviewer assists with the application process, reviews and ranks the applications, and then submits them to DLD with a recommended award amount. The applications are then reviewed by the New York State Division of Library Development (DLD) and by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) for approval.
|New York State Contact:||System Contact:|
|Natalie McDonough||Dawn Vincent|
|Library Development Specialist
Division of Library Development
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Ave.
Albany, NY 12230
|State Services Coordinator
North Country Library System
22072 County Route 190
Watertown NY 13601
Phone: (315) 782-5540 EXT 239
Fax: (315) 782-6883