The Vermont Department of Libraries is pleased to announce the following two upcoming federal capital project grant opportunities:
- $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.
Building projects must be completed by December 31, 2026.
- $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 is poised to receive $10M for Public Facilities Preservation Initiative Grants to be available for the state’s small, rural public libraries.
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: Approved by House and Senate. Signed by President Biden.
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 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.
We anticipate collecting Needs Assessments from libraries with capital project needs in February 2023, followed by an application process in Spring 2023.
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: