‹Secretary of State Tre Hargett promotes the advancement of public library services in Tennessee in many ways. Among them is providing funds for public library construction. These funds are available via a competitive grant process, and can be used for new construction, additions and extensive renovations.
Primary consideration will be given to new construction projects and significant expansions. In the case of a library system or a county with multiple libraries buildings, once the system/county has received the maximum in grant funds, any additional applications from that system/county within a 10 year period will be given a lower priority. When funds are available, projects for remodeling will be considered provided the purpose is to improve accessibility of the library and its collections to the public.
None is available.
Construction grants require a pre-requisite amount of local funds to be spent prior to grant funds. This pre-requisite amount is equal to the amount of the grant award and can be spent on elements of the project that grant funds are not eligible towards, including but not limited to planning, studies, architectural drawings or other pre-construction expenses. These prerequisite funds can also be spent prior to the grant contract start date. Grant funds can only be for actual construction costs and must be within the contracted start and end dates.