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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Managing Your Construction Grant: Green Library Incentive

MPLCP Green Library Incentive

MPLCP Green Library Incentive funding helps MPLCP construction grant projects to go green. Funds are used to offset the initial up-front design and construction costs associated with environmentally responsible design, and to fund participation in the LEED certification process.

Do I qualify?

Construction Grant applicants approved in the 2016-17 grant round may qualify for a Green Library Incentive (GLI).

Libraries that wish to qualify for GLI funds must have indicated in their original grant application that they plan to apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification with certifiable designs, building practices, components, systems and materials that meet LEED requirements.

At the time of application or after final voter approval for construction, the project must register with the Green Building Certification Institute, which administers the US Green Building Council's LEED certification program.

How much and when?

When the project is complete, it must receive official LEED certification and documentation must be submitted to the MBLC confirming receipt of certification.

Depending on the LEED level of certification, the project will receive a GLI from 2% to 3.5% of its original total Construction Grant award. The certification levels and percentages are:

  • LEED Certified - 2.0%
  • LEED Silver - 2.5%
  • LEED Gold - 3.0%
  • LEED Platinum - 3.5%

Multiply the GLI percentage by your grant award and you will know how much $$$ you could receive (minimum $100,000; maximum $500,000).

green piggy bank

Oh no, more paperwork!

Just a little more paperwork and you're done. Receiving the GLI means signing yet another state contract, but this time around the process should be easier and maybe even quicker.

You will also submit a Disbursement form, but this time for the full grant award. You will receive the Green Library Incentive funds in one lump sum.