Updated 7/9/2018

New York State provides funds for public library construction projects.  This year the funding statewide has been increased to $34 Million.  That brings 4CLS’s allotment to $976,674.

| Program Priorities | Application Details | Reduced Match Criteria

A workshop on the Construction Aid Program has been scheduled for Friday, June 15 at 10 AM at the Sidney Library.  Contact Steve at 4CLS to register.

The DLD website has a lot of information about the Construction Aid Program.

Program Priorities

  • 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

More Information

  • 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 bot 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).

Application Details

Applications are due to 4CLS by August 27, 2018.

Reduced Match Criteria

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:

  1. 15% or more of the population below the poverty line
  2. 65% or more of student enrollment eligible for free or reduced school lunch
  3. 13% or more of the population is below poverty line AND 55% of student enrollment eligible for free or reduced school lunch
  4. Unemployment rate above the state average
  5. 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 has gathered the data for the criteria in numbers 1-4:  Reduced Match Figures. Bolded libraries are eligible under criteria 1-4.  Highlighted libraries can apply under #5 – Other relevant factors.

To aid in the review of applications, libraries are asked to submit (via e-mail or delivery) a Reduced Match Report Form to 4CLS.

For more information, contact Steven Bachman at or 607-723-8236 ext. 301