Updated 6/16/2017

New York State provides funds for public library construction projects.  This year the funding statewide has been increased to $24 Million.  That brings 4CLS’s allotment to $685,888.

A workshop on the Construction Aid Program has been scheduled for Friday, June 9 at 10 AM at Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta.  Contact Steve at 4CLS to register.  View the presentation slides.

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

  • Application is online – portal link –
  • 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
    • Contact Barbara Massago – or (518) 486-4885

Applications are due to 4CLS by August 30, 2017.

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