Small Population Grants

Small Population Grants are for towns with municipal populations of under 2,500 over. For cities and towns with municipal populations of 2,500 and over, go to Standard Grants.

We have compiled an FAQ for the grant round. If your question does not appear, you can submit a new one, and we will answer it. 


Application Process

Representatives from all applicant municipalities must attend a virtual Application Workshop in May 2023. Registration information will be provided to those designated in the Letter of Intent. Sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 23, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, May 24, 1-3pm

Documents required to complete the online application include:

  • A statement of need
  • A detailed assessment of municipal finances on the forms provided
  • Certified copies of local approvals for the project and funding for the pre-planning phase and planning and design phase

Details about the required materials are found in the Program Notice.

Applications are due by 4:00pm on May 31, 2024 and must be submitted via the Amplifund grant management system. Information about training on the use of Amplifund will be provided at the workshop.

Applications will be reviewed by independent review teams and grants will be announced in September/October of 2024. Neither an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) nor an architect may be hired or retained for this project prior to signing a contract with the MBLC.


Pre-planning Phase

The pre-planning phase includes:

  • Assessment of community needs
  • Building program development
  • A condition assessment, if considering renovating and/or expanding the existing library or an existing municipally-owned building


Planning and Design Phase

The planning and design phase includes:

  • Site studies
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Hazardous materials analysis
  • Preliminary design work – to MPLCP Level of Design
  • Design review by independent review team
  • Cost estimate based on MPLCP Level of Design
  • Grant calculation based on cost estimate and funding formula in Program Notice


Construction Phase

The construction phase includes:

  • Completion of Schematic Design (SD)
  • Design Development (DD)
  • Construction Documents (CD)
  • Demolition, including hazardous materials mitigation
  • Construction


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For More Information

Heather Backman, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245
857-283-5668 (Mobile)

Andrea Bono-Bunker, Library Building Consultant
617-725-1860, x246
857-488-6264 (Mobile)