Burns urges libraries to apply for state grant program

Money could be used for development, assistance programs

EBENSBURG, June 30 – Knowing how important every dollar is to community organizations like libraries, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is urging local libraries in rural areas to apply for a state grant program.

The grants, up to $3,000 to libraries serving areas with 25,000 or fewer people, can be used for community engagement projects, professional development, or technical assistance.

“When it comes to community resources like libraries, I know that every dollar counts,” Burns said. “That’s why I’m urging our local libraries to apply for this grant program. My office is ready to help, and I’m always fighting to make sure our region gets its fair share of state funding.”

Since taking office Burns has helped secure more than $250 million in state grants and funding for local projects and programs, part of his commitment to Cambria County and the people he represents.

Grant program details:

American Library Association: Libraries Transforming Communities

Who May Apply: Libraries serving small communities (legal service area population of 25,000 or less) and/or rural communities (those that are more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area). Applicants must have an institutional or personal membership with either the American Library Association or the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Funds: Up to $3,000 to support costs related to a community engagement project, professional development, and technical assistance.

Application Deadline: Sept. 16

More Information: https://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/focusgrants.