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Library renovation and expansion secures funding from provisional grant


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WESTFORD — The J.V. Fletcher Library has received a provisional grant to fund its planned renovation and expansion.

Over $50 million in funding was awarded in Library Construction Grants, with seven communities receiving grants totaling at least $5 million. Westford is fifth on the list, receiving $7,851,994.

The Massachusetts Library Board of Commissioners received an increase in construction bond cap funding, allowing the commissioners to award provisional grants and cut the waitlist for funding in half.

“Libraries even the playing field. Building libraries transforms communities and transforms lives,” said MBLC Chair Debby Conrad in a news release. “We are grateful to the Governor and Lt. Governor for their continued support of the Commonwealth’s libraries. The ongoing construction projects happening across the state and the recent increase to the library construction spending cap will strengthen libraries for decades to come.”

The average grant award is 45-50% of the estimated eligible costs with the remaining cost incurred by the municipality, according to the MLBC. Recipients are expected to secure the local match in funding during the next six months.

Voters will have to approve matching funds at both Special Town Meeting in October and on the ballot in November.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.