Sustainable & Resilient New England Libraries Grant

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Through the continued generosity of an anonymous private foundation, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries is pleased to offer this grant opportunity in support of sustainability and resiliency in New England libraries! Each eligible* library may submit one application with one fundable project.

Examples of projects that will be considered as part of this opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Weatherizing libraries to protect them from extreme temperatures
  • Facility sustainability initiatives, including things like LED lighting conversion and solarization, potentially leading to Sustainable Library Certification
  • Developing Green Business Support programs to connect local businesses with sustainability resources
  • Community resiliency outreach initiatives, including community gardens, food banks, seasonal CSA programs, community swap events, Repair Fairs, etc.
  • Expanded technology resources to create or reinforce community technology infrastructure

Not all applications will be selected for funding. If selected, grants will be in the amount of $5,000-$15,000.

The deadline for applying for a grant is 5:00 pm ET on December 18, 2023.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 9, 2024.
Funds will be disbursed in February 2024.
Funded projects must be completed by December 31, 2024.
Project reports must be submitted by February 1, 2025.

If selected for funding, grant may be used for one-time, non-renewable projects. No general operating grants will be considered.


You will receive a copy of your response to the email address provided on your application.


*Eligible libraries must meet the IMLS definition of a small and/or rural library, but do not need to be active members of ARSL. Libraries must be located in one of the six New England states as defined by our partner foundation: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. If you are uncertain whether your library qualifies please email the ARSL Office.