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Grants and Reimbursements for Connecticut Libraries: State Aid Grants

State Aid Grants to Connecticut Public Libraries

State Aid payments have been suspended indefinitely due to lack of funding. The last payments were made in January 2016.

Program Description
Each of the 165 principal public libraries in the state that meets the eligibility requirements may apply for and receive an annual state aid grant. A principal public library is one which has been so designated by the local municipal governing board. A municipality may have more than one public library, but may designate only one library as its principal public library.

Amount of Funds Available

FY2021 No funding.
FY2020 No funding.
FY2019 No funding.
FY2018 No funding.
FY2017 State Budget allocated $193,391 (rescinded to $0 in May 2016).
FY2016 State Budget allocated $190,846 (rescinded to $179,396).
FY2015 State Budget allocated $203,569 (rescinded to $193,391).
FY2014 State Budget allocated $203,569.
FY2013 State Budget allocated $203,569.
FY2012 State Budget allocated $207,692.
FY2011 State Budget allocated $347,109.

Eligible libraries are those principal public libraries in the state of Connecticut that

  • submit a Public Library Annual Statistical Report and Application for State Aid with the State Library no later than the required deadline,
  • participate in borrowIT CT (Connecticard),
  • provide equal access to library materials without charging individuals residing in the town for borrower cards or for use of the library's basic collections and services,
  • do not discriminate,
  • and certify that the library's annual tax levy or appropriation has not been reduced to an amount which is less than the average amount levied or appropriated for the library in the preceding three years. [This last requirement was suspended for FY2011, FY2012, FY2013,FY2014,FY2015].

Amount of the Grant
The formula for determining grant amounts is included in the state statutes. It provides for a base grant of $1200 to each library, plus additional amounts for equalization based on town AENGLC (Adjusted Equalized Net Grand List Per Capita) rankings and for incentive based on each town's per capita library expenditures.  If the funding available is less than $1,200 per library, the funds will be divided evenly between all eligible libraries.  Libraries officially serving more than one municipality will receive payment for each municipality served.

Key Dates
By August 1 - The State Library provides each public library with an Annual Statistical Report and Application for Payment of a State Grant form.
By November 15 - Reports must be completed by libraries.
By December 15 - Requests for ineligibility waiver are due.
By March 1 - Libraries should receive state aid payments.

Grant Expenditure Statutory Requirements

State aid funds must be used for general library purposes, which is defined in the state statutes as all functions of a public library, including the purchase of land or the construction, alteration or remodeling of buildings. In addition, state aid funds must be expended within two years of receipt, unless a library has received authority to carry over funds beyond the two year limit. For municipal libraries that need to make this known to their town or city may use the Memo to Municipal Fiscal Officers (PDF available State Aid Documents).

Statutory References

Conn. General Statutes (CGS) 11-24a, 11-24b. Regulations of Conn. State Agencies, Sec. 11-24b-1, 11-24b-2, 11-24b-3.
Annual Support for a Lifetime of Learning: State Grants to Public Libraries Triennial Report (PDF available in State Aid Documents)

Funding Source
State: General Fund

Contact Information

State Data Coordinator

Maria Bernier
Division of Library Development, Connecticut State Library
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

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