Short Environmental Assessment Form
Each 2012-2015 public library construction grant project application requires the completion of the two-page SEAF in order to be eligible for State funding.
As noted on page 2 of the SEAF, a designation must be made citing a "Lead Agency." This refers to a local authority principally responsible for undertaking the project. For the Public Library Construction Program, a Library Board can act as the Lead Agency. Officials of village, town or city municipalities can act in this role, as well as planning boards, city councils, school boards, zoning appeals boards, county legislatures or officials, and state agencies. The New York State Education Department does not act in this capacity.
A brief introduction to the State’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the role of the Lead Agency: Welcome to SEQR 101 [ ]
All Public Library Construction Grant applicants must remit the two-page SEAF to complete their application.
If, after completing the SEAF, it appears that the project could impact the environment adversely, a Full Environmental Assessment Form (FEAF ) will need to be completed. Applicants should be prepared to provide a copy of the completed FEAF to the State Library or others, upon request, prior to the project start date.
All components of a public library construction grant application are considered public information, including completed SEAF and FEAF documents and therefore are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.