September 8, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Commissioners Announce Planning & Design Grant Application Round
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners announces that it has authorized a new Planning and Design Grant Application Round under the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.
The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, administered by the Board of Library Commissioners and first funded by the Legislature in 1989, has already helped 65 communities with these planning grants. Grant funds may be used for preparation of a library building program, architectural feasibility studies, engineering analysis of an existing building or alternative sites, schematic design, cost analysis of options, site investigation, project management services, etc.
To be eligible for one of these grants, the municipality must have a population under 10,000 or have an equalized valuation (EQV) less than the state average of $127,176. Cities and towns may apply for up to $40,000 in state funds, as per Regulations 605 CMR 6.00.
Letters of Intent are due no later than October 19, 2006, with an application filed no later than January 18, 2007. Workshops to assist applicants will be offered in November and December for libraries and towns wishing to apply. It is anticipated that the Board will make its awards in June 2007.
An announcement of this Planning & Design Grant Application Round has been mailed to chief municipal officers, public library trustee boards and library directors throughout the Commonwealth.
Robert Maier, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, said, "We are delighted to be able to conduct this new application round, the fourth since April 1999. Each project we are able to fund represents a dramatic step in helping these towns move forward toward planning and designing a library building that will be able to provide its community with modern up-to-date library services."
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.