Four Wyoming libraries have been approved for a total of $4.1 million in funding from the Wyoming Library Multi-Purpose Community Facility Program (WLMCF). This Wyoming State Library federal subgrant program is funded by the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) through the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Assistance Listing Number 21.029; Federal Award Identification Number CPFFN0188).
The projects that were approved are:
- Albany County Public Library: $1,030,136 to renovate three public multi-purposes spaces in Laramie
- Sweetwater County Library System: $1,475,646 for improvements to multi-purpose community rooms in the three libraries located in Rock Springs and Green River
- Uinta County Library: $647,171 for health and safety renovations in Evanston
- Washakie County Library: $949,589 for a library expansion in Worland
The WLMCF is a competitive subgrant program that has made $12.6 million in funding available for library construction and renovation projects that support work, education and health monitoring. Eligible projects address community needs that were created, exacerbated or made apparent by the Covid-19 public health emergency. The Wyoming State Library is currently working with the State Budget Department on approval of the remaining $8.5 million.
“Our libraries, like many organizations, were greatly affected by the pandemic,” said Abby Beaver, Interim Wyoming State Librarian. “We’re grateful for the ARPA funding that will help local libraries better provide the resources and services that people in their communities need.”
Questions about the WLMCF may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library outreach librarian, at >firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915.