TFC urges the city of Larkspur to submit a state grant application for the matching funds for building a new library

TFC urges the city of Larkspur to submit a state grant application for the matching funds for building a new library

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – The Commons Foundation today requested that the City of Larkspur City Council put on the agenda of their next meeting how the City and TCF can take advantage of the new State of California $439 Million public library grant program.

The City of Larkspur and the Commons Foundation have joined together to raise the funds to build a new library to replace the old library at City Hall. The first phase cost of building a 5,000 SF facility is approximately $5M and the City of Larkspur has stated that it has no funds available for the capital project, it all of it must be raised privately by TCF.

The State of California has passed SB-129 the 2021-22 Budget act which includes $500M in public library funding, including $439 million for public library infrastructure grants.  Libraries will apply to the State Library for grants, with the maximum grant amount set at $10 million per library. 

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB129

Please join us in urging the City Council to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Sample email or letter below:

Dear Mayor Haroff and City Manager Schwarz:

I would like to join The Commons Foundation in urging the City of Larkspur to prepare a State of California Public Library Infrastructure matching grant application (based on SB-129 the 2021-22 Budget Act) to accelerate funding a new public library at Rose Lane.

I also urge the City to call on other non-profits who have raised funds for building a new library to participate, and to use whatever additional funds the City may have for the Library, so we can have the largest grant application possible.

I believe that by moving quickly the City can write a grant and bring the community together to get the building done sooner.

Respectfully yours,

 
Please send your emails or letters to:

Mayor Haroff
kharoff@cityoflarkspur.org
400 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

City Manager Schwarz
dschwarz@cityoflarkspur.org
400 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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