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Library Buildings and Construction: Construction Grants

Program Description

"Because State Grant Funding For Library Capital Projects Helps You Build" Libraries Transform

This program provides grants for public library construction projects that:

  • create usable space (known as Category #1 grants)
  • improve existing space (known as Category #2 grants).

More information:

Program Information

2018 Program will offer approximately $9 million in grants

The Connecticut state budget passed in October 2017 and amended in May 2018 has added $5 million to the State Library's library construction grant program for FY2018-2019.  We expect to have approximately $9 million in grant funds available for Category 1 (expansion, new buildings, major alteration) and Category 2 (accessibility, code compliance, remodeling, emergency preparedness, and energy conservation) grants in 2018.  Required Notice of Intent forms are due at the end of June.

List of Active and Completed CT Construction Projects (PDF) - includes funding sources, architects, costs, etc.

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

Amount of the 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 code compliance, accessibility, energy conservation, emergency preparedness, remodeling, and maintenance projects is $250,000. The minimum grant is $30,000 (with a total project cost of $60,000).

Key Dates

  • By late May - Grant Program for Public Library Construction: Timetable and Guidelines (PDF) and Application Category 1 (Excel), Application Category 2 (Excel) are available by downloading them or they will be sent upon request. (See documents in "How to Apply")
  • By June 30 - The Notice of Intent form is due.
  • By September 1 - The completed applications are due by 4 pm in the grant administrator's office.
  • By late November - The State Library Board takes action on the grants.
  • By January at the earliest - State Bond Commission approves the grants if library has local funding in place.
  • By 3 years after State Library Board approval (1 year for Category 2 grants), library must have local funding.
  • By 18 months following Bond Commission approval - The project must be initiated (sign with a building contractor).
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Statutory References
Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 11-24c

Funding Source
State: State Bonding Fund

Grant Process

Contact Tom Newman (information below) with all your questions.

1. Choose the appropriate "Step by Step" Guide (below).

2. Download the contract documents (actual contract will be sent), including Notice of Applicant Funding.
Association Libraries only: Ethics Affidavits & Certifications for State Contracts (For grants over $50,000 but less than $500,000 complete forms 1 and 5. For grants over $500,000 complete forms 1,5, and 6) and Nondiscrimination Certificate (For grants under $50,000 complete form B. For grants $50,000 and over complete forms C and either D or E.)

3. DAS prequalfication information for individual contracts over $500,000
DAS Municipalities & Awarding Authorities & Contractor Prequalification Program (PDF)
DAS Construction Contractor Prequalification Program
DAS Contractor Prequalification Directory Search
DAS Performance Evaluation

4. Sign Specifications for grants awarded of $500,000 or more.

5. Notice of Contract Award

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Contact Information

Tom Newman, Statistics & Grant Administration

Division of Library Development
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT  06106
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