2006-10-13 / Community

$14 Million In Grants Available For Libraries

The State Education Department is offering $14 million in capital funding for public library construction, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith announced.

"Throughout our State, including here in Queens, there are libraries in need of improvement, be it in construction or other areas. New York's libraries will only benefit from this funding," Smith said.

Applications must be submitted to the New York State Library by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2006. No exceptions will be made. Library systems should submit three copies of each application and required attachments to the State Library. Member libraries should not submit applications directly to the State Library, but rather through their library system.

Libraries may use this funding for such activities as site acquisition, construction and renovation or rehabilitation of a facility. Routine maintenance is not eligible for a grant. Libraries must be eligible for funding of up to 50 percent of a project. Approved projects must start within 180 days of approval.

"I truly believe a better looking library improves the educational environment for everyone," Smith concluded. For more information about the grants or to print an application, visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/grants.htm .

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