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Cortland Free Library Receives Over $40k in Grants Towards Supporting Services, Infrastructure, and Operations

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The Cortland Free Library has announced they have been awarded numerous grants that will go towards supporting the library’s services, infrastructure, and operations. In total the Library was awarded three grants, one from the JM McDonald Foundation, a state grant from Assemblymember Anna Kelles Office, and one from the Office of State Senator Lea Webb.


The J.M. McDonald Foundation awarded the Cortland Free Library with a grant in the amount of $30,000. The money is to be used utilizing spot repairs on the library’s east-facing windows. The library noted it may also be used to assist with achieving a 25% match that is required for a recently awarded NYS Construction Grant in the amount of $601,750; the 25% is $200,750.

“We are so very grateful to the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Dr. Kelles, and Senator Webb for recognizing the value and importance of both our historic facility, our community-focused programming, and rising operating costs,”

said the library’s Board President, Lauren Mossotti-Kline.

New York State Assemblymember Anna Kelles awarded a “bullet aid” type grant in the amount of $10,800. The grant known as a “bullet aid” are grants focused on schools and libraries throughout the state. The money provided from the grant will go towards the Community Read program.

Lastly, another “bullet aid” in the amount of $3,000 was awarded by New York State Senator Lea Webb. The grant awarded follows a similar grant awarded by the Senator’s Office earlier this year in the amount of $2,000. The Library says the money may be used at the library’s discretion.

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