Building Forward: Library Infrastructure Grant Program Preliminary Application

Portal ID:
6919
Status:
Forecasted
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The Building Forward infrastructure grant program was made possible by the California Budget Act for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which contains $439 million in one-time funds to create an equity-focused matching infrastructure grant program to support local library maintenance, capital projects, broadband and technology upgrades, and purchasing of devices.

Description:

The California State Library:

1)      Shall prioritize project requests submitted for local libraries in high-poverty areas of the state. No grant amount shall exceed $10,000,000.

2)      Shall prioritize grants for life-safety and other critical maintenance and infrastructure projects.

3)      May support more significant modernization and construction capital projects, other infrastructure projects, and device purchases only if funding remains after supporting life-safety and other critical projects.

The preliminary application period is designed to help the State Library identify the types of projects that cities, counties, and districts intend to apply for. This information will be used to develop a full application, guidelines, training, and technical assistance that meets the needs expressed by the California library community.

Applicants do not have to submit a preliminary application to be eligible to submit a full application. Entities that submit a preliminary application may choose not to apply for funds when the full application period opens; submitting a preliminary application does not compel applicants to submit a full application.

Projects should be community-specific and should focus on individual library outlets/buildings.

Preliminary and full applications should come from the governing city, county, or district. They should not come from the library or an organization such as a Friends group.

Cities, counties, and districts with multiple outlets can submit multiple applications. Each application must be submitted separately.

Cities, counties, and districts can only submit one application for an individual outlet.

Projects completed under this grant must be completed according to the California Building Standards Code, and applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and guides.

Grant Funds and Local Match: The California State Library shall require local applicants to match state funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The California State Library may reduce the amount of required matching funds if the requesting entity can demonstrate that it is financially unable to provide the required matching funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Projects should be community-specific and should focus on individual library outlets/buildings.

Preliminary and full applications should come from the governing city, county, or district. They should not come from the library or an organization such as a Friends group.

Eligible Geographies:

The California State Library shall prioritize project requests submitted for local libraries in high-poverty areas of the state.  Community poverty levels will be assessed using the California Poverty Measure (CPM). https://www.ppic.org/publication/poverty-in-california/

Matching Funding Requirement:

The State Library shall require a local entity to match state funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis or cash match basis.  The State Library may reduce or eliminate the amount of required matching funds if the requesting applicant can demonstrate that it is financially unable to provide the required matching funds. See grant webpage for more information.

 

Important Dates

Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
March, 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Mar, 2022-Jun, 2026
Anticipated Open Date
January, 2022

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$439,000,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Building Forward infrastructure grant program for local libraries was made possible by the SB 129 Budget Act of 2021. 

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Awardees will submit claim forms which will trigger grant payments.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-603-7212, csllds@library.ca.gov

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