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

Apply for a Library Construction Grant
State Library Services is pleased to announce that 2014 Library Construction Grant program, round two applications are available. The 2014 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total of $2,000,000 to the program, with $857,000 of those funds earmarked for specific projects and the remaining funds for competitive grant awards. An estimated $848,000 in state funding is available.

Application forms and instructions are available on the Department of Education’s Grants Management site. Scroll to Library Construction Grant opportunity. Completed applications are due November 10, 2015.

An informational webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. Call 1-888-742-5095 (using conference code 874 403 3672 / meeting number 599 701 235) or participate via WebEx. Pre-registration is not required. Please contact Emily Kissane, 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 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

2014 Grant Awards
An appropriation to the 2014 Library Construction Grant program provided $2,000,000 for library construction and renovation projects. One-to-one matching grants help build libraries that meet high standards of accessibility and energy efficiency. Three projects were earmarked to receive funds, with the remaining funds awarded through a competitive process. As of March 2, 2015, grant agreements totaling $1,102,000 have been executed for the following projects:

City of Jackson
This expansion and renovation project will add 1,500 square feet and install new windows, a new entrance, new information desk, expanded meeting space and an accessible parking, among other improvements. Grant funds appropriated: $570,000

City of Perham
An exterior wall reconstruction project will mitigate mold and restore a safe and healthy environment to the library. The work will also prevent future contamination and damage to the building. Grant funds appropriated: $257,000

Ramsey County Library (White Bear Lake)
An expanded and remodeled library will offer enhanced areas for children and teens, more public computers, an improved community room and spaces for individual and group study. Renovations to the parking lot will result in more available parking and improved traffic flow. Grant funds awarded: $200,000

City of Waseca
A redesign and renovation of the library’s layout will result in improvements to the entryway, restroom and meeting rooms to increase the accessibility, functionality and attractiveness of the building. A close working relationship with the Independent Counseling and Advocacy Network will ensure the needs of patrons with all types of disabilities are reflected in the renovation. Grant funds awarded: $75,000

Completed Grant Projects