Library Capital Improvement Program

The Library Capital Improvement Program was created by the Legislature in their 2019 Regular Session to assist libraries operated by governmental units, as defined in RCW 27.12.010 to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate their facilities. The Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Library Capital Improvement Program Committee, conducts a statewide competitive grant process to recommend a list of grants to be funded.

Next Competitive Grant Cycle Information

The program was awarded $10 million in the 2021-2023 legislative session to conduct a second competitive cycle. 

  • Anticipated timeline of the next round of applications will be February 2022.
  • Maximum grant amount to any one entity will not exceed $2 million.
  • Requires a 50% match of the total cost of the project.
  • Priority is given to library facilities listed on local, state, or federal registers of historic places and those located in distressed or rural areas.

2021-2023 Library Capital Improvement Grants Awarded

The following projects have been selected to receive grant funding:

  • Camas Library, $515,000
  • City of Cashmere, $14,000
  • City of Colville, $264,000
  • Town of Coulee City, $760,000
  • Ephrata Public Library, $91,000
  • Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, $2,000,000
  • Jefferson County Rural Library District, $285,000
  • Lake Stevens Early Learning Library, $2,000,000
  • City of Mount Vernon, $2,000,000
  • North Central Regional Library, $798,000
  • North Olympic Library System, $2,000,000
  • Pend Oreille County Library District – Metaline Falls, $40,000
  • City of Seattle, $1,889,000
  • Sno-Isle Regional Inter-County Libraries – Darrington, $250,000
  • Sno-Isle Regional Inter-County Libraries – Lake Stevens, $1,100,000
  • Sno-Isle Regional Inter-County Libraries – Langley, $700,000
  • Spokane County Library District, $2,000,000
  • Stevens County Rural Library District – Chewelah $90,000
  • Stevens County Rural Library District – Loon Lake, $649,000
  • Stevens County Rural Library District – Northport, $50,000
  • Upper Skagit Library District, $209,000

Additional Resources

Additional Programs

Not all libraries will be eligible for all these programs. Make sure to confirm your eligibility before applying for any funds.

Need help?

Cathy Brockmann
Program Manager
(360) 764-0209
Cathy.Brockmann@commerce.wa.gov