Saturday, June 9, 2012

Funders Call for Local Library Applications

Libraries in the Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren and St. Lawrence County, of New York State seeking funding for technological upgrades through the Public Library Construction Grant Program are eligible to apply for funds to meet the state’s matching requirement.

The Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Lake Placid Education Foundation and the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT), will come together again this year to support the efforts of libraries in the Adirondack region to expand public access to technology, digital literacy and digital skills development.

Last fall, $95,000 was granted to the Chazy Public Library and the Plattsburgh Public Library for technological upgrades, thanks to this collaborative initiative.

Under the Public Library Construction Grant Program of New York State, a library applying for a competitive grant must raise at least 50 percent of the funds needed. In this collaboration, a library must make a successful application for a Public Library grant for increased access to technology. The Charles R. Wood and Lake Placid Education Foundations will then provide the required 50 percent, removing the need for additional fundraising.

Libraries seeking more information about the matching grant program should contact their library system or Cali Brooks, Executive Director of the Adirondack Community Trust at 518-523-9904, cali@generousact.org.

“Since ACT’s inception, we have considered libraries important community partners. We manage 12 library endowment funds and have made over $500,000 in grants to support Adirondack libraries,” Cali Brooks reported. The Adirondack Community Trust is the region’s community foundation, encouraging philanthropy to serve the Adirondacks since 1997.

The mission of the Charles R. Wood Foundation, founded in 1978, is to provide assistance to areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts.

The Lake Placid Education Foundation, founded in 1922, supports education for children and families, literacy, and libraries. The foundation funded the creation of ACT 14 years ago with a $2 million grant, the largest in its history.

Photo: Librarian Karen Glass and a Keene Central School student at the Keene Valley Library.

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