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Upcoming Capital Project Grant Funding Opportunities

Needs Assessment

The Department of Libraries will conduct a Capital Projects Needs Assessment from Tuesday, February 28 through April 15, 2023 (deadline extended from March 31, 2023).

Needs Assessment Worksheet (Word)
Needs Assessment Worksheet (PDF)

Link to Online Needs Assessment Form
Note: Form cannot be saved and may time out. You must complete it in one session.

Needs Assessment Goal: To gather information from municipal and incorporated public libraries in Vermont about their needs for capital improvements, what stage they are at in planning those projects, and what funding gaps they have identified. Information provided by Library Directors through the Needs Assessment will be used by Department staff to inform the two federal capital grants projects that the Department will administer.

Needs Assessment Webinar: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 2-3:30pm

Webinar recording
Webinar PowerPoint (PDF updated 3/3/23)

State Librarian Catherine Delneo shared information about the two federal capital grants opportunities the Department will administer with the library community and Assistant State Librarian Janette Shaffer walked attendees through the Needs Assessment. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions following each segment of the presentation.

Important note: The Needs Assessment is not a grant application. That said, we strongly recommend that all public libraries with known capital improvement projects complete the Needs Assessment so that the Department can have a good sense of the capital projects that may seek funding.

(Updated 2/22/23)

Upcoming Capital Project Grant Funding Opportunities

The Vermont Department of Libraries is pleased to announce the following two upcoming federal capital project grant opportunities:

  1. $16.4M U.S. Treasury Capital Projects Fund for Libraries

    The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) Capital Projects Funds provides $10 billion for payments to eligible governments to carry out critical capital projects in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The State of Vermont has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Treasury to grant $16.4 million of our state's Capital Project funds toward capital improvements to Vermont’s public libraries to be administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

    Goal: To address critical building improvements to ensure Vermonters have continued access to high-speed Internet to directly enable work, education, and health monitoring at their local public libraries.

    Current Status: The Department of Libraries is awaiting approval of our grant program from the U.S. Treasury, which we hope to receive this winter. Once we receive approval, we will launch a competitive grant process through which Vermont communities can access these federal funds to improve their local public library.

    Timeline: All funds must be expended by December 31, 2026, which is the end of the period of performance. Building projects must be completed by December 31, 2026.

    Printable U.S. Treasury Capital Project Fund for Libraries flier (PDF)

  2. $10M Public Facilities Preservation Initiative Grants

    On December 23, 2022, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, an omnibus spending bill consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills. The bill contains more than $212 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) included by Sen. Leahy, for 38 projects across Vermont. The Vermont Department of Libraries' $10M for Public Facilities Preservation Initiative Grants to be available for the state’s small, rural public libraries is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through their FY2023 Economic Initiative Community Project Funding program. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CPD/documents/2023-CPF-Grant-Guide-Award-Instructions-Version-1.0.pdf

    Goal: To provide resources to address repair and mitigation needs in small, rural public libraries that also serve as community meeting spaces and public facilities, with a focus on economically depressed areas.

    Current Status: The Department has received the grant award letter and preliminary guidance documents from HUD.

    Timeline: HUD has established August 31, 2031, as the end date of the period of performance and budget period for all FY2023 CPF grants.

    Printable Congressionally Directed Funding flier (PDF)

Timeline for grant opportunities

The Department of Libraries will launch a competitive grant process through which Vermont communities can access both sets of federal funding to support capital improvements to their local public library.

Our goal is to support communities in successfully accessing both the U.S. Treasury ARPA funds and Congressionally Directed Spending funds for which their public library is eligible. We aim to have one application process for both grant opportunities.

Upon finalizing the grant application materials and process, the Department of Libraries will share the application process and timeline via a webinar for public library staff and trustees.

A Needs Assessments will launch on February 28, 2023 and will be open for public libraries to complete through April 15, 2023 (extended from March 31, 2023).

The application for grant funds will launch following the completion of the Needs Assessment in Spring 2023.

Get Ready!

If you haven’t already, you should start working on advancing your capital project. The more pieces you have in place by the time the application opens, the better. Prepare to apply for these transformative grants by reviewing the capital project-related resources VTLIB has assembled for you:

Questions?

Please direct any questions to <LIB.VTLIBCapitalGrants@vermont.gov>

Stay Informed!

Communications about the Capital Projects Grants will be shared with Vermont’s public library community via our three main listservs: lib.staff, lib.trustee, and VTLibraries.

The Department of Libraries has also created a new listserv dedicated to capital projects updates: lib.capitalgrants@list.vermont.gov

To join this listserv, please complete this form.