The DLD website has a lot of information about the Construction Aid Program. 4CLS guidelines and procedures were approved by the 4CLS Board in January 2020. These guidelines require libraries to submit an Intent to Apply form. Return the form to Brian Lee by June 11, 2021.
A workshop was be held on May 19, 2021 to cover the guidelines and the Construction Aid Program in general. (View the slides)
- Main Construction Page – www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/
- Application Instructions: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/instructions.htm
- Frequently Asked Questions – http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/faq.htm
- Application Portal Link – eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/index.jsp
- To request a username/password- https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/ldgext/diRegistration.do
- Increased effectiveness of library service due to increased and/or improved building space and capacity
- More efficient utilization of the library building resulting in such economies as energy conservation and increased staff efficiency.
- Improved access to and use of building services by all library users, including those with physical disabilities
- Provision of library services to geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged communities
- Minimum project cost is $5,000
- 50% local match is required
- Libraries that serve an economically disadvantaged community are eligible for a reduced local march (25%)
- Expenses incurred after July 1 of the application year are eligible, but the project must not be completed before the application due date
- Projects for buildings that are 50 years old or older, must receive clearance from the NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
- Projects can be submitted for approval online – https://cris.parks.ny.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
- Projects that fit withing the work described in the following MOU do not need SHPO approval:
- Libraries must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply Form to Brian Lee by June 11, 2021
- Applicants will be notified of preliminary award by June 18, 2021 and invited to complete a full application
- Application is online – portal link – eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/index.jsp
- Username & password required – https://eservices.nysed.gov/ldgrants/ldgext/diRegistration.do
- Applicants must have an Employer ID Number (EIN) that is different from their municipality.
- Apply for an EIN via the IRS
- Applicants must have a NYS vendor number
- Send a message to email@example.com for help
To qualify for the reduced local match, a library must demonstrate that it is serving an economically disadvantaged community. To aid in the process, the 4CLS Board has approved the following criteria:
- 15% or more of the population below the poverty line
- 50% or more of student enrollment eligible for free or reduced school lunch
- Unemployment rate above the state average
- Other relevant factors – if a library feels that it is serving an economically disadvantaged community, but does not meet the above criteria, they may present evidence to be considered by 4CLS.
4CLS will determine the eligibility of libraries filing an intent to apply form. Libraries that are not eligible under criteria 1-3 will be encourage to provide documentation relating to their community for consideration (via e-mail or delivery).
For more information, contact Steven Bachman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-723-8236 ext. 301 or Brian Lee at Blee@4cls.org or 607-723-8236 ext. 304