In June 2020, NOLS applied for the Library Capital Improvement Program Grant administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The application was made with the goal of correcting pressing facility issues at the Sequim Branch Library, issues which have been exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. In October 2020, NOLS was notified that its application was selected as a recommended project, ranked 5th out of 33 applications, with recommendation for full funding of the project.
On May 18, 2021, Governor Inslee signed HB1080 – the Washington State 2021-23 Capital Budget, which includes $2 million in matching funds for the Library Capital Improvement Program grant for the Sequim Branch Library. The Capital Budget passed both the House and Senate in April, and the Governor’s signature on the budget bill was the final step in the approval process.
The Department of Commerce will administer the Library Capital Improvement Program grant and will begin making funds available, on a reimbursement basis, in July 2021.
In order to meet the match requirement of the Library Capital Improvement Program grant, on May 27, 2021, the NOLS Board of Trustees passed Resolution 21-05-03, authorizing the transfer of $2 million from the NOLS Capital Reserve account to the Sequim Capital Project account.
NOLS will seek additional grant opportunities and conduct community fundraising efforts to provide additional project funding needs beyond the combined $4 million from the grant and transfer from reserves.