Library Grants

Since 1946, Friends of the Library has given substantial funding to the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System, providing much needed assistance to both organizations in meeting their service goals. For some years, we have increased our scope of funding to include other public libraries in the area as well. Funding is now available from the Friends in the form of small grants to help public libraries and reading rooms in the Finger Lakes region that serve Tompkins County residents. Despite reduced revenues from book sales during the pandemic, this grant program is being continued given the limited and reduced resources available to small libraries.

Eligible libraries are invited to apply for a grant from the Friends according to the following guidelines:

  • We expect most awards will be in the $500 to $1,000 range.  Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored. If grant requests exceed available fund, preference will be given to public libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System within 30 miles of Ithaca.
  • Grants should be requested for projects that will make a significant difference to the library.
  • Grant funding may be used to purchase books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, equipment and furniture, and to implement programs for library patrons.
  • Grants will not be made for operating costs or salaries.
  • If an award is given, the Friends Library Grants Committee requires a copy of any paid invoices for which grant funds were used.
  • Libraries receiving grants should publicly recognize that the project was funded in whole or in part by “The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library.”
  • We would also appreciate feedback as to how the grant has helped the library, which may include photographs and/or a public announcement.

The application form for 2021 grants is available in WORD and PDF format. The application form is not complicated and requires only a modest amount of time to complete.

Applications are due Friday, August 6, 2021.

Please email completed applications with supporting documentation (if any) to the Library Grants Committee or mail them to:

Friends of the Library Booksale
The Regina C. Lentos Building
509 Esty St
Ithaca, NY 14850
attn: Library Grants Committee

In  addition to these grants, public libraries within Tompkins County are invited prior to each sale to select books for their collections, free of charge.  Additionally, one public library served by the Finger Lakes Library System outside Tompkins County is chosen to participate by lottery.  Public school libraries in Tompkins County are also invited to select up to 50 books prior to each sale, free of charge.

Last updated: August 14, 2021 at 9:13 am