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THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
STATE HOUSE • BOSTON, MA 02133
617) 725-4000


MITT ROMNEY
GOVERNOR

 

KERRY HEALEY
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2004

CONTACT: Shawn Feddeman
 

(617) 725-4025
David L. Gray
(617) 267-9400 ext.208



LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT ROUND OPENS

Healy said new round of grants confirms administrations' commitment to libraries

A new round of library planning and construction grants will be available to cities and towns this May, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey said today at the Beverly Public Library.

"Massachusetts has a strong history of excellent public library service," said Healey. "Governor Romney and I continue our commitment to helping public libraries by authorizing the Commonwealth's Board of Library Commissioners to begin a new grant round for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program."

This upcoming grant round will enable communities to apply for two different programs. The first, Project for Planning and Design assists in the preliminary planning stages of libraries. The second, Project for New Construction or Renovation, will help libraries in the design development and construction stages of their project.

Since the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program was first funded in Fiscal Year 1990, a total of $246 million has been awarded to the Commonwealth's libraries. As of January 2004, 249 grants have been awarded with 51 for planning and design and 198 for construction, addition/renovation or special projects.

Notifications of grant funding will be sent to public library directors, public library trustee chairs and cities and towns on May 19, 2004 [pdf]. The planning and design grant applications will be due on October 14, 2004 with awards announced in January of 2005. The applications for construction grants will be due on February 9, 2005 with awards announced in July of 2005.

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