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Library Construction Grant Program

Grants to Connecticut Public Libraries to
Build, Renovate, and Improve Facilities

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Connecticut State Library - Division of Library Development

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09/01/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut public libraries to support facility improvement and expansion projects. Applicants must attend a grant information session and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects that develop or enhance new and existing library space.

Grants are available for Category 1 (new building, addition, major alteration) and Category 2 (accessibility, code compliance, emergency preparedness, remodeling, energy conservation, and maintenance [distressed municipalities]) grants.

Eligible costs include

  • Construction of new buildings to be used for public library facilities. 
  • Expansion, remodeling, and alteration as distinguished from maintenance and repair of
    existing buildings to be used for public library purposes. This includes projects to
    comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, maintain code compliance, improve
    energy efficiency, and prepare for emergencies. Libraries in distressed municipalities
    may also receive grant funds for maintenance projects.
  • Construction, expansion, remodeling, and alteration of the portion of a multipurpose
    building in which a library is or will be housed. Costs relating to those portions of the
    shared mechanical, meeting room, and multipurpose areas which count toward the
    square footage of the library will also be eligible.

For additional information about eligible costs, see:

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is most important and has priority in the awarding of grants. Grants for libraries in the 25 distressed communities (as determined by the Department of Economic and Community Development each year) are eligible for maintenance projects and are given some grant priority. 

For information about grant criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159883

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant is one-half (1/2) of the total cost of the project. The maximum grant for new buildings, additions, expansions, and major alteration projects is $1,000,000. The maximum grant for accessibility, code compliance, emergency preparedness, remodeling, energy conservation, and maintenance (distressed municipalities) projects is $250,000. The minimum grant is $30,000, with a total project cost of $60,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must start within 18 months of Bond Commission approval (extension possible) and be completed within 5 years of signing a grant contract.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All public libraries in the state of Connecticut. Preference is given to libraries in distressed municipalities and to principal public libraries.

For information about ineligible costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Construction Grant Information Sessions, Spring 2021:

Tuesday, May 18, 2:00-3:30, online via Zoom.
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Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

- Notice of Intent form due: June 30
- Application due: September 1, 2021, by 4:00 PM
- State Library Board take action on the grants: Late November
- By January at the earliest: State Bond Commission approves the grants if the library has local funding in place.
- By 3 years after State Library Board approval (1 year for Category 2 grants), the library must have local funding.
- By 18 months following Bond Commission approval: The project must be initiated (sign with a building contractor).
- By 5 years after signing the grant contract: The project must be completed and all payment requests submitted.

If awarded a construction grant, the grantee will have local matching funds in place within 3 years of the SLB grant approval date if the grant is for a Category 1 grant or within one year for a Category 2 grant.

For Category 1 projects, applicants must complete the CSL Space Planning Guide, prior to applying:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs and applications to:
Maria Bernier, Construction Grant Administrator
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

Dawn La Valle, Director
Division of Library Development
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106

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