Thursday, February 25, 2010

Public Library Funds Available from USDA Rural Development

Public Library Funds Available from USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT!

WVLS Information Session
Thursday, March 18, 2010
10 a.m. – Noon (Refreshments: 9:30-10 a.m.)

Individual advising sessions available, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
T.B. Scott Library Meeting Room
106 W. First St., Merrill

Public libraries are culturally and technologically critical to the rural communities they serve. Join staff from the area USDA Rural Development offices in Stevens Point and Shawano to learn about funding availability for rural library construction, renovations and upgrades. The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has set a goal of investing $100 million of USDA’s Community Facilities American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for public libraries. This grant and/or loan opportunity targets libraries serving communities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.

Funds may be used to:
 • Purchase a building
• Construct or expand or renovate a facility, including the costs of acquiring land needed for a facility and the necessary professional fees
• Purchase shelving, furniture, computers, AV equipment, and distance learning equipment.

*Funds may not be used for operational needs.

Area librarians, library trustees, and municipal/county officials…don’t miss out on this informational session about ARRA funding opportunities for your libraries!

Please RSVP for this session by Tuesday, March 16th to Beth Sillars at:
( or leave a message at 715-261-7255).

If you are interested in an individual session with a USDA representative after the morning workshop, please indicate this so we can make arrangements. If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please contact Beth.

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