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Grants to Florida Agencies
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Grants to Florida counties, municipalities, and special districts for capital projects. Funding is intended to acquire property or facilities and to support architectural services, construction, remodeling, expansion, engineering, site preparation, and equipment. The purpose of this program is to support the remodeling and expansion of existing public libraries or the construction of new public libraries.

Funds provided under a Library Construction Grant may be used to cover costs of any of the following, as long as the construction project results in a completed library facility:

  • Architectural services;
  • New construction;
  • Expansion;
  • Remodeling;
  • Purchase of a facility or property to be used as a library. 
  • Site preparation, including the provision of parking spaces;
  • Engineering costs and legal fees directly related to the construction of the library;
  • Initial or fixed equipment, including shelving, tables, chairs, information and building technologies, video and telecommunications equipment, machinery, utilities, built-in equipment and enclosures or structures necessary to house them, and all other items necessary to furnish and operate a new or improved facility for the provision of library services; or
  • Opening day collections

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174787

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total maximum grant award is $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects begin on July 1, 2022. The project end date is June 1, 2021. The Construction project must be 100% complete, all grant and matching funds must be paid out and the project must be closed out with the Division.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant for a Library Construction Grant must be a county, municipality, special district, or special tax district.

The applicant requesting a Public Library Construction Grant shall either own or have unconditional use of the library building to be constructed, expanded, or remodeled and the site on which it is located.

A government receiving a Library Construction Grant must have an established program of free public library services and resources which is maintained to provide library service without discrimination to all residents of the legal service area taxed for library purposes.

For more information about eligibility, see

A project will not be eligible for a grant when:
1. The state portion of the project will be less than $10,000;
2. The project will result in a total building of less than 3,000 square feet; or
3. The project will not result in a complete library facility

Funds are allowed for grant or matching expenditures only as specifically stated in Sections XII and XIII of the Guidelines (see Supporting Documents below). In addition, the following are not allowed as grant or matching expenditures:
A. In-kind services; and
B. Routine maintenance costs of project identification signs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due June 21, 2021.

Year 1:
- April 2021: Announcement of application availability in Florida Administrative Register and via email.
- April 2021 – June 2021: Division staff assistance and consultation available to applicants.
- June 21, 2021: Application deadline. Applications must be submitted on DOS Grants System on or before this date.
- June-July 2021: Division staff review of applications.
- July - August 2021: Application correction period. Applicants will have 30 days after the notification date to complete and correct deficiencies.
- August 2021: Division develops ranked list of Public Library Construction Grant applications for consideration by the
- August - December 2021: Legislative committees hear budget requests and make recommendations as part of the overall state budget.

Year 2:
- January-March 2022: Legislature approves state budget
- June 2022: Division communicates application status to applicants (funded or not funded).
- July 1, 2022: Project begins.

Year 3:
- January 1, 2023: Progress Report due.
- July 1, 2023: Progress Report due.

Year 4:
- January 1, 2024: Progress Report due.
- June 1, 2024: Grant completion deadline.

Library Construction Grant will be awarded on a matching basis only. For more information, see

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, see:

Florida Department of State
Division of Library and Information Services
R. A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

Contact Grants Staff:
850.245.6620 Voice
850.245.6643 Fax
850.922.4085 TDD

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