This program provides grants for public library construction projects that:
Statutory References: Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 11-24c
Funding Source: State Bonding Fund
Construction Grant Information Sessions, Spring 2021:
Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants.
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.
These contract templates are provided for informational purposes only. Your actual contract will be sent to you. The contract terms are non-negotiable.
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.
For construction grants approved by the State Library Board prior to 2019, contact:
Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106
For construction grants approved by the State Library Board in 2019 and later, contact:
Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown, CT 06457
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