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$625,000 is available for chartered member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System.
New York State has approved $24 million in capital funds for public library construction. Chartered libraries in the STLS region, must apply through STLS, using the timeline below.
The minimum project amount is $5,000. All STLS member libraries qualify for a 75% funding match, but the library must have the 25% in matching funds available at the time of application. Decide the amount requested carefully – the library can’t appeal for more funds and is also required to completely expend the funds as described in the application. The amounts of funds awarded to each library will depend on the pool of applicants and funding priorities (see attached Eligibilities, Guidelines, and Priorities).
Routine maintenance is not an eligible expense, including replacement of carpeting, roof repair, repainting, refinishing, repointing, etc. New books or other library materials are also ineligible expenses for this program.
In order to apply for Construction Aid in 2017, please submit the following to Margo Gustina via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or STLS Delivery (attn.: Margo) by July 4th, 2017:
STLS timeline for 2017 Construction Aid applications
Wednesday, May 3rd: Webinar on Construction Aid. View the recording here: https://youtu.be/r2j2LLDmx80
Tuesday, July 4th: Member library deadline to submit Intent to Apply packet to Margo
Wednesday, July 12th: Member library presentations to STLS Trustees
Tuesday, July 18th: STLS Board of Trustees votes and recommends awards. Applicants notified.
Friday, September 1st: Complete applications filed online by member libraries.
August – October 2018: New York State announces successful applicants and issues funds to libraries.
For more information contact Margo Gustina, email@example.com.
2017 STLS Construction Aid Guidelines & Priorities (.pdf)
Library Service Walk Through Checklists (optional) (.pdf)
STATE WEBSITES ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION (Not updated for 2017)