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State Aid

Since 1952, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has provided state aid grant assistance to Kentucky public libraries.  Although the funding formula has changed significantly over the years, public libraries continue to receive state aid funding as appropriated by the General Assembly and distributed by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  The formula is calculated on a base grant plus a per capita amount based on the latest official census data.


Each library’s Annual Report of Public Libraries Application for State Support is also its application for the next funding cycle of state aid.  The deadline for filing this application is typically in August of each year.  State aid checks are mailed directly to the library on an annual or semi-annual basis.  The funds may be used for local library needs and services.

 Revised March 29, 2016

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