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$72,000 is available for chartered member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System.
STLS is firmly committed to seeing projects begun with funding through STLS be completed with these funds. For this reason, STLS has chosen to first fund the completion of the work currently under way at our libraries. While New York State has approved 14 million in capital funds for public library construction (2009 funding levels), STLS will only have $72,000 to spend on new projects. Chartered libraries in the STLS region, must apply through STLS, using the timeline below.
STLS has chosen to prioritize accessibility projects first, and foremost.
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 2019, please submit the following to Margo Gustina via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or STLS Delivery (attn.: Margo) by June 9th, 2019:
STLS timeline for 2019 Construction Aid applications
Wednesday, May 8th at 10 am: Webinar on Construction Aid. Register here. View the state’s here: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/webcasts.htm#20180313
Here’s a recording of ours from last year:
Sunday , June 9th: Member library deadline to submit Intent to Apply packet to Margo
Monday, June 17th (exact time TBD): Member library presentations to STLS Trustees
Tuesday, June 18th: STLS Board of Trustees votes and recommends awards. Applicants notified.
Friday, September 7th: Complete applications filed online by member libraries.
July – September 2020: New York State announces successful applicants and issues funds to libraries.
For more information contact Margo Gustina, email@example.com.
2019 STLS Construction Aid Guidelines and Priorities (as .pdf)
2019 STLS Facility-Plan-Form-for-Construction-Aid (Downloadable Word Facility-Plan-Form-for-Construction-Aid)
STATE WEBSITES ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION (Not updated for 2019)
Forms for the state application – Reference Only! (Not Updated for 2019)