Outreach Mini-Grants

The Basics:

The Outreach Mini-Grant is administered by the Mid-Hudson Library System using NYS Outreach Categorical Aid funds from the NYS Library Division of Library Development. These funds will be used to award up to $2,000 each to member libraries who wish to develop programs and services to connect to target outreach populations at the local level.

Outreach target populations are those who are educationally disadvantaged, members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services, unemployed, blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disabilities, or who are aged or confined in institutions.

Libraries who participate in this grant will be required to identify a target population in their community that falls into the above outreach categories. They will need to provide a project description, timeline, budget, and information on any community partners that may be involved. Libraries who participate will also need to submit an evaluation that measures the success of their project.

This mini-grant is contingent on 2020 funding by New York State.

Libraries who are interested in applying for this grant can fill out an intent to apply form. This form is due on March 16, 2020.


2020 Outreach Mini-Grant Intent to Apply Form


Applications for the grant will be sent to those who submit an intent to apply form and will be due April 24th, 2020. Libraries will be notified of their approval status in May 2020.


2020 Outreach Mini-Grant Application


Libraries who were approved must send in the Receipt Form with all receipts attached (dated January 1, 2020 – November 1, 2020) on or before November 13, 2020, for reimbursement. You must have also completed the online final report survey.



What can I spend the grant money on?

You can spend the grant money on:

  • Contracts for programs/trainers/tutors/assistive services
  • Library personnel costs to support improved library service to outreach target groups
  • Library materials
  • Project equipment
  • Project supplies
  • Project publicity
  • Other purposes directly related to project success

What are the due dates for the grant?

  • Intent to apply form: Due March 16th, 2020
  • Grant application: Due April 24th, 2020
  • Libraries are notified of approval status: May 2020
  • Receipts and reports due to MHLS: November 13th, 2020


More questions? Contact Courtney Wimmers at cwimmers@midhudson.org or 845-471-6060 x 253


Examples of innovative 2019 Outreach Mini-Grant projects:

  • Amenia Free Library ($992): Bought and circulated wireless hotspots.
  • Clinton Community Library ($786): Ran an optimistic aging program for seniors.
  • D.R. Evarts Library ($1,157): Purchase of equipment and wireless hotspots to bring programs to seniors outside of the library which is not ADA compliant.
  • Kinderhook ($786): Collaborate with local schools to reach out to ESL students and families.
  • LaGrange Association Library ($742): Art programs for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Marlboro Free Library ($650): Created Reminisce kits for seniors with dementia.
  • Pawling Free Library ($510): Digital literacy classes for seniors.
  • Roeliff Jansen Community Library ($742): Balance and stretch exercise program for seniors.
  • Staatsburg Library ($742): Early literacy bilingual programs for families.

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