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Everybody Learns Grants: Home

Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is dedicating $2.6 million of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Relief Funds to support the state’s public libraries as they continue to make health and safety improvements and offer more services to residents

Weekly Drop-In Information Sessions, 10:30 am Fridays

Dawn and Maria will host a weekly drop-in Zoom session every Friday morning from 10:30-11:00 starting October 30 through the end of December. Join us if you have questions or would like to talk with other grant recipients about how they're spending the money.

Contact Maria Bernier at for login information.


Press Packet


For more information about this grant program, contact Dawn La Valle,, 860-757-6665.

The goal of this funding is to make progress to reach the Governor’s goal of 75% capacity in the library. All expenses should support that goal.

Libraries must notify Dawn La Valle by November 18 if they are unable to expend the funds by the deadline of December 30.

Libraries may spend their grant funds in the following categories, ordering in bulk or pre-paying as needed:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): such as masks, face shields, disposable gloves, plexiglass barriers at service desks, plexiglass or other physical barriers between computers
  • Furniture and Equipment necessary to reopen indoor space: such as modular/movable furniture with hard, easy to clean surfaces; tables; easier-to-clean chairs; movable shelving to replace fixed stacks; book carts; new HVAC systems; fans; air filters or purifiers; automatic door openers; signage; flooring
  • Furniture and Equipment necessary to outfit pop-up libraries and expand outdoor facilities: such as tables, seating, outdoor lighting, new outdoor electrical outlets, extension cords, power strips, tent/awning, café umbrellas, charging station for personal devices as well as library laptops and hotspots, portable heaters, fans
  • IT Equipment, Software, Systems, and Consulting: such as IT consultants to set up new equipment and WiFi, reconfigure network, and train library staff; desktop computers; laptop computers; tablets; web cams; microphones; pre-paid hotspots; WiFi router; WiFi access points; software to manage WiFi and track usage; software to track computer/laptop usage/sessions; wireless printing system; printer; all-in-one printer-scanner-copier; faster commercial internet speed (e.g. Charter, Frontier, Comcast, Atlantic Broadband, Thames Valley); increased CEN internet capacity; more/new ethernet ports; ethernet cabling; more/new electrical outlets; disposable keyboard covers; disposable mouse covers; credit card payment system; self-checkout stations; appointment scheduling software; intercom/radio systems for staff communication
  • Cleaning and Supplies: such as an increased number of visits by cleaning contractors, contractor assigned to cleaning restrooms frequently throughout the day, touchless sanitizer dispensers, sanitizer, soap, touchless soap dispensers, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray, paper towels, touchless towel dispensers, batteries for all the touchless devices
  • Security: such as locked storage for outdoor furniture; locked storage for laptops, tablets, hotspots
  • Other: explain in your budget plan how these items will help your library to improve access for your patrons. This might include pre-paid utilities to free up library funds for more staff time, playaway devices, town-wide mailings to advertise library services and hours, social media ads

Ineligible expenses: staff, online collection resources (ebooks, e-audio, databases), websites, reimbursements for previous expenses

Please contact us with questions about eligible expenses! or

More Qs and As will be added regularly!

1. How do I set up an ACH account to get my grant money transferred quickly to my bank account?
Visit the State Comptroller's page to set up a Direct Deposit (ACH) account, using the Enrollment Form either for Companies (association libraries) or Towns (municipal libraries). Follow the instructions on the form for submission.

2. Do I actually have to spend all the money by Dec. 30, or I can I just encumber it for future expenses?
The grant funds must be spent by that date. The state fiscal department will not accept encumbrances of the funds.

3. Do I need to get bids or quotes for expenses?
No, although it's generally best practice to compare at least three quotes.

4. How did you arrive at these grant amounts?
We used the formula for State Aid grants as set forth in state statute (CGS 11-24b), but with a base amount of $20,000 per library instead of $1,200.

5. Can I use this grant to pay for past purchases?
No, it can be used only for future purchases, between October 12 and December 30. You can't use it to reimburse the library or municipality.

6. Do you have a press packet I can adapt for my library?
Yes, the press packet, available in the Documents box to left, contains a press release from the State Library, a template press release that you can customize for your library, and a two-page overview of the grant program.


Statement from Maureen Sullivan, Interim State Librarian: On October 7, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is dedicating $2.6 million of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Relief Funds to support the state’s public libraries as they continue to make health and safety improvements and offer more services to residents amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by the governor at the Raymond Library in East Hartford. Others in attendance were Sarah Morgan, the library director; Marcia Leclerc; Congressman John Larson; Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona; Doug Casey, Executive Director of CEN; and the East Hartford Superintendent of Schools, Nathan Quesnel. Dawn LaValle, Director of the Division of Library Development, and the person who will administer the program, joined me in representing the State Library.

The governor said the funds will be distributed among about 65 libraries across Connecticut, based on their size and the number of residents they serve each year. This will allow much of the funding to be allocated to target those that serve low-income urban and rural communities. The funds are anticipated to be used primarily to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, signage, and furniture. This funding is in addition to the Lamont administration’s Everybody Learns  initiative to increase broadband infrastructure and to create public Wi-Fi hotspots that offer free internet access. Many of these have been placed at libraries across the state.

“Libraries offer critical services for the public, including reliable Wi-Fi, access to computers and laptops, supportive learning materials and resources, and librarians who are trained in helping residents access key services,” said Governor Lamont. “Most importantly, libraries provide safe and quiet spaces for people to work and study, which is critical to many people who do not have the environment to do this at home. Especially during this difficult time, libraries and the work of so many generous librarians have played a critical role in supporting K-12 and post-secondary students with remote learning.”

You can use the vendors of your choice. The information provided below is not an endorsement or recommendation of these companies or services; these are merely places to start your search.

Information from specific vendors:

According to an email sent to Dawn in Oct. 2020: "PPE Outlet USA is a Connecticut based company, listed on the State of CT DECD Approved List of PPE Suppliers, with a large supply of PPE products in stock at special low pricing for libraries and municipalities. We supply PPE to the State of Connecticut as well as many other government agencies, healthcare organizations, schools, and businesses. Below is a list of our PPE products that may be of interest to your organization:"

In Stock & Ready to Ship:

  • N95 NIOSH Certified CDC-Approved Masks
  • 3-Ply Face Masks – (Adult & Child Size)
  • Face Shields – (Adult & Child Size)
  • KN95 Masks
  • Nitrile Gloves (Size S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Dispensers (wall mount & floor standing)
  • Infrared Thermometers
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • & More

"If you are interested, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I would be happy to work with you on a quote and can provide you with any samples you may need."

Michael Sullivan, Director, Sales & Marketing
T: (203) 890-0555
PPE Outlet USA
145 New London Tpke, #1335
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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