Grants to Minnesota library districts and systems and county and city governments for projects to enhance public libraries throughout the State. Funding is intended for capital projects for existing libraries or for projects to improve accessibility to sites and buildings.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) makes this state funding available to public library jurisdictions for renovation, construction and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. Projects may remove architectural barriers from a library building or site, remediate conditions hazardous to health or safety, renovate or expand an existing building for use as a library, or construct a new library.
Accessibility Grants: Accessibility grants are for projects that remove architectural barriers from a building or site that is already in
use as a library or from an existing building that will be used as a library.
Renovation of an existing building may include an addition to the building if the additional space is necessary to
provide accessibility, or if relocating public spaces to the ground level would provide improved overall
Improvement Grants: Improvement grants are for projects that renovate or expand an existing building or construct a new building. Renovation may include projects that remediate conditions that are hazardous to health or safety.
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MDE anticipates the start date will be after July 1, 2021. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2024, depending on the source of project funding.
Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MDE’s Program Contact is available to provide additional information or answer questions.
Contact: Hannah Buckland
Division: State Library Services
Phone: (651) 582-8792
Contact Tim Larson at 651-582-8451 if you have questions about submission.