New York State provides funds for public library construction projects.  Since 2006, the funding statewide has been at $14 Million.  That brings around $400,000 to the 4CLS region.

For 2016-2017, the appropriation was boosted to $19 Million statewide.  We expect the boost to bring an additional $140,000 for eligible projects.

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 in late August.  A specific date will be announced when the portal is opened.

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