The NYS Construction Grant Program is an annually funded competitive grant program to support
facilities projects in public libraries in New York State. The grant funds are part of the NYS budget,
administered through the Division of Library Development (DLD) and the public library systems to public
libraries. UHLS receives an annual allotment of grant funds based on the total population of the UHLS
service area (using the last completed federal Census figures). The member libraries complete and
submit an application for grant funding. All projects must meet the NYS construction grant rules for
eligibility to be considered for funding. The UHLS Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the
award distribution among the applying libraries each year. The UHLS Board uses several tools to guide
its award determination each year.
This is a matching grant program which requires the library to provide local funds to pay the balance of
the total project cost. In accordance with NYS law, the maximum grant funding is set at 50% of the total
project cost. However, there have been several revisions to the law to allow awards of up to 75% of the
total project cost for libraries serving "economically disadvantaged communities" and awards up to 90%
of the total project cost for libraries serving "economically distressed communities." UHLS has the
authority to define the criteria used to determine eligibility for grant funding up to 75% (see supporting
documents below). The New York State Library defines the criteria used to determine eligibility for grant
funding between 75% and 90% (see supporting documents below). Note that, regardless of the level of
eligibility of a library (50%, 75%, 90%), ALL decisions on the distribution of allotted funds to UHLS
member libraries are made by the UHLS Board of Trustees.
For much more information about the grant program please visit the Construction Grant section of the
NYS DLD website at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/index.html. Of particular note are the
Program Guidelines and Instructions and the Frequently Asked Questions sections.
There are several links below to additional supporting information about the construction grant program
here in UHLS. Please contact Tim Burke at UHLS if you have additional questions about this program.
Grant Typical Timeline (PDF)
75% and 90% Criteria Outline (PDF)
Year UHLS 75% and 90% Eligibility Chart (PDF)
for Construction Grant Evaluation (PDF)
Grant Funding History Chart (PDF)