Construction grants help pay for major capital improvement projects, including constructing a new public library, expanding and renovating an existing library building, or adapting and reusing another building for use as a library.
The most recent construction grant round is now closed, with 33 applications received on January 26, 2017. Grants will be approved by the Commissioners in July 2017.
In order to be eligible for a grant, applicant libraries must:
- be a free public library located in Massachusetts
- be certified by the MBLC as meeting the minimum state standards for public library service
- have a current long-range plan and annual action plan on file at the MBLC
- comply with all application requirements as stated in 605 CMR 6.00
What do grants cover?
- purchase of land
- design and engineering services
- project management services
- site preparation
- installation of utilities
- fixed capital equipment
Grant funds do not pay for furniture, computers, landscaping, paving, and other ineligible costs as defined in 605 CMR 6.00.
Frequency of grant rounds
Construction grants are offered on an irregular basis, based on a number of factors, including state bond authorizations and the availability of funds through our annual capital budget.
Funding formula and schedule
- Construction grants are based on the estimate from the schematic design in the grant application and are calculated with a funding formula.
- Grant funds are released in five equal yearly payments with milestones to be met for each.
Green Library Incentive
If authorized, projects that plan for and achieve LEED certification will receive an additional 2%-3.5% of their grant amount, based on the level of LEED attained. The minimum Green Library Incentive is $100,000 and the maximum is $500,000.