(1) What is the MPLCP? Program information and background

  • The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) is a grant program managed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). It was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987. Since then, the MPLCP has helped build 62 new library buildings and 169 renovation, addition, and conversion projects.
  • Grants are awarded based on the needs of the community, the current state of the library being added to or replaced, and the local economy. These three factors are also used to determine what percentage of the construction costs the state is willing to fund, starting with a base of 50% or costs covered. The state then use a formula based on community need to determine what, if any, additional portion will be paid for.
  • Based on our community’s needs, the MBLC has determined that if our project is accepted, the state will pay for up to 67% of Montague’s eligible construction project costs. This puts our project in the top tier for funding.
  • In order to apply for the grant, the town must submit an application in May of 2024 and pass two articles to support the application through town meeting. One article is to give the town permission to apply for, accept, and expend state grant funds. The second article is to set aside $150k to support the planning and design phase of the project.

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