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Library Buildings and Construction: Construction Grants

Program Description

Construction grants help you build


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).

Statutory References: Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 11-24c

Funding Source:  State Bonding Fund

Construction Grant Information Sessions, Fall 2021:

  • Thursday, October 21, 1:30-3:00, online via Zoom.
  • Friday, November 19, 10:30-noon, online via Zoom.

Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants. Additional sessions will be offered in Spring 2022.

Library Construction webinars and tours, Winter/Spring 2022:

  • E.C. Scranton Library, webinar, Monday, January 10, 1:30-3:00 pm. Focus: working from a temporary space while managing a major renovation and expansion. Register.
  • Stonington Free Library, webinar, Wednesday, February 16, 10:00-11:30. Focus: big changes in a small footprint. Register.
  • Park Street Library @ the Lyric, Hartford, webinar, Thursday, April 28, 9:30-11:30 am. Focus: designing and building a library from scratch. Register.
  • James Blackstone Memorial Library, in-person panel and tour at the library in Branford, Tuesday, June 14, 10:00-12:00. Focus: renovating an iconic structure.

Program Information

2021 Grant Program
The State Library announced the availability of library construction grants in the spring of 2021. We have grant funds available for Category 1 (new building, addition, major alteration) and Category 2 (accessibility, code compliance, emergency preparedness, remodeling, energy conservation, and maintenance (distressed municipalities)). Required Notice of Intent forms are due by June 30.

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. Applicants must attend an information session prior to applying.

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 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.

Key Dates

  • By late May - Grant Program for Public Library Construction: Timetable and Guidelines (PDF), Grant Application Category 1 (Excel), and Grant Application Category 2 (Excel) are available for download. (See box "Grant Process" and tab "How to Apply")
  • By June 30 - The Notice of Intent form is due to the grant administrator.
  • 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).
  • By 5 years after signing the grant contract - The project must be completed and all payment requests submitted.

Grant Process

These contract templates are provided for informational purposes only. Your actual contract will be sent to you. The contract terms are non-negotiable. See also the link below to the summary of state ethics laws.

1. After your grant has been approved by the State Library Board, choose the appropriate "Step by Step" Guide below to learn about the next steps.

2. After your funding has been approved by the State Bond Commission, your grant contract will be sent to you. Download additional required documents here, including the Notice of Applicant's Funding. The Grant Contract Instructions will tell you what else you need. 

Association Libraries also submit these documents with the grant contract:

3. Before you put out an Invitation to Bid, review the DAS prequalification requirements for individual contracts over $500,000:

Remember to send a draft of the Invitation to Bid to the State Library for review BEFORE you post it publicly. See the Timetable and Guidelines for instructions.

4. Within 30 days of signing a contract with a Contractor, submit this Notice of Contract Award form and additional documentation according to the instructions provided with the form.

Be sure to refer to the Timetable and Guidelines, Section 9, for complete instructions regarding grant payments.

Construction Grant Contact Information

Maria Bernier, Construction Grant Administrator

Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

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