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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

2023-2024 Grant Round: Planning & Design Phase: Eligibility

Is My Library Eligible?

In order to apply for an MPLCP grant, your library:

  • must be certified to receive State Aid, with or without a waiver
  • must have a current Strategic Plan on file at the MBLC by October 1, 2023
  • must have a current Action Plan for FY25 on file at the MBLC by December 1, 2023
  • must not have received a Construction Grant within the last 30 years (from the date of certificate of occupancy)
  • must not have retained the services of an OPM or architect before the Library Building Program is written

For municipalities with multiple independent libraries and/or a library system with more than one branch:

  • a maximum of one MPLCP grant award will be made every 5 years (from the date of certificate of occupancy), for different facilities within that municipality
  • a comprehensive town-wide plan for library service must be submitted with the application. Guidance is provided in the application documentation.
  • the municipality will determine which library or branch may apply

Full requirements are outlined in the State Regulations and Program Notice.

Is My Project Eligible?

In order to qualify for a grant, your project must be an Approved Public Library Project which has been approved by a majority vote of Town Meeting or City Council. For dates and detailed information, see the Program Notice.

Eligible projects include new construction, addition/renovation, renovation and conversion (of a non-library building). MPLCP grants are not intended to fund repair or maintenance projects.