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NYS Library Construction Aid: How to Apply

Application Checklist

DLD Checklist: A list of documents required to be completed as part of the online State Aid for Library Construction program.

Keep in mind that some attachments require the board president’s signature and/or board approval so please plan accordingly.

Application Timeline

June 1, 2022 Construction Grant Workshop

June 8, 2022 Deadline – Intent to Apply: Libraries intending to apply must have completed the Intent to Apply survey and included a clear narrative describing the project before this date.

June 2022 – Online application becomes available. Libraries are asked to contact Dawn Vincent ( to schedule a site visit or initial Zoom consultation if their library is interested in applying for construction aid.

June 24, 2022 - Deadline – Site Visits: Libraries requesting a site visit must have the site visit before this date.

June-August 2022 - Libraries work on the application; NCLS offers technical assistance via phone and email.

July 2022 – NCLS provides one-on-one sessions at the NCLS service center or through Zoom meetings. 

 August 15, 2022Deadline – Application: Grant applications (including all forms and attachments) must be completed and submitted before this date.

 August 25, 2022 - NCLS Board Recommendations Approved

October 2022 - System due date to DLD 

June-August 2023 - Notification of award from State Library 

July-September 2023 - 90% of award paid out to your library 

Online Grants Portal

Before you can apply for a construction grant, you must have a NYS Directory Service account to access the online portal. If you do not have a NYS Directory Service account, you'll need to complete the form here to register for one.

Community and Demographic Data Resources

Resources that can be used to determine economically disadvantaged communities:

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

If your library building is 50 years old or older and/or the project involves ground disturbance and/or demolition, your project may require SHPO approval. All consultation reviews through SHPO are now processed through the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS).

For more information on SHPO, visit State Aid for Library Construction Aid FAQ.

Environmental Assessment Form

All applicants for NYS Library Construction Aid are required to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act and must complete an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF).

Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) Workbooks

EAF Mapper

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF)