Library Construction Grants
The Library Construction Grant program is a competitive dollar-for-dollar matching grant program. The program provides public libraries with funding for renovation, construction, and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. Projects may:
  • Remove architectural barriers from a library building or site,
  • Remediate conditions hazardous to health or safety,
  • Renovate or expand an existing building for use as a library, or
  • Construct a new library.
The program is authorized biennially by the Legislature and funded from the sale of General Revenue Obligation Bonds. The 2014 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total of $2,000,000 to the program, with $570,000 for the city of Jackson, $257,000 for the city of Perham, $50,000 for the city of Bagley, and remaining funds for competitive grant awards.

Grant Procedures, Documents and Forms

The Library Construction Grant program has completed and is now accepting new grant applications. Application forms and instructions are available at the Department of Education's Grants Management site. Scroll to Library Construction Grant opportunity. Applications are due October 2 at 3:30 p.m.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Friday, August 1 from 1-2 p.m. Call 1-888-742-5095 or participate via WebEx. Pre-registration is not required. For additional information about this program, please email Jennifer Nelson or call 651-582-8791.

Please email Emily Kissane or call 651-582-8508 for more information or to request a reasonable accommodation to attend the online meeting. Note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

Completed Grant Projects