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. In recent years we have increased our scope of giving to include other libraries in the area as well. Funding is now available from the Friends in the form of grants to help local libraries and reading rooms in the Finger Lakes region that serve Tompkins County residents*.

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

  • We expect most of the 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 2018 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: Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  NOTE: Beginning in 2019, the schedule will be advanced and applications will be due July 1. Libraries are encouraged to submit applications earlier in 2018, as early as July 1 where feasible.

Please email completed applications with supporting documentation (if any) to  librgrants@booksale.org  and cc: NF11@cornell.edu or mail them to:

Friends of the Library Booksale
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.  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.

Last updated: May 21, 2018 at 20:16 pm