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Grant Opportunity – Deadline Thursday, June 30th

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Youth Recreation Corps is a grant program to help not-for-profit entities and units of local government (including all types of libraries) employ 16-19 year-olds for up to 60 days this summer.

Grants will fund wages for jobs that provide recreational opportunities in areas including (but not limited to) physical activity, arts, and learning.

Participating employers must provide suitable facilities, materials, and management staff.  16-19 year olds are eligible to work through the end of August at the rate of $8.50/hour.

For questions, contact the Grant Management staff of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 217-782-7481 or e-mail  Do not contact the Illinois State Library.

Organizations seeking a grant must complete and submit the application (IYRC2011EApplication.pdf) by 5pm on Thursday, June 30th.

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Public Library “Business Packages” Follow-up

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois State Library will provide more than 60 Illinois public libraries with “business packages”.  The packages include laptops, multimedia projectors, camcorders, software and training videos to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in local communities. The business packages will be made available to public libraries on long term loan.  We’re thrilled with the early response from libraries interested in participating.  Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve received so far.

1.      What kinds of plans should a library have for working with business, especially if they have not done so before?

We’re looking for ways libraries plan to cooperate with their business community, so examples might be attending Chamber of Commerce meetings, providing library meeting space for business groups, participating in Project Compass: Workforce Recovery, or providing training in business software.

2. How will a library’s proximity to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or SCORE office affect a library’s chances of being selected to participate?

The Small Business Administration is interested in having libraries use the services of these offices if possible.  However, libraries can work with another business organization if there is no SBDC or SCORE office in your area.  What’s important is that you are in contact with your business community and plan to work with them.

3. Can my public library partner with another public library for this project?

Yes!  One library will need to be the lead partner and complete the Interest Indicator Survey (see below) and be responsible for the equipment and software, but a partnership that makes practical sense for your community is fine.  Simply explain the partnership in one of the text boxes in the Interest Indicator Survey.  Partners will receive only one equipment and software package.

Public libraries must apply for the packages by May 16.  Complete the “Interest Indicator Survey” form posted at (

On Wednesday, May 4 from 1:30-2:30pm, the State Library will host a webinar to answer any questions you may have about these business package grants. You do not need a password and registration is not required.  Simply point your browser to join the discussion.  (Before using Adobe Connect, it is recommended that participants look at the Getting Started Guide and run the Adobe Connect Test Connection Wizard. This will ensure that all users have the Adobe Connect Add-on installed on their computers. Links to these resources are provided at Adobe Connect Connection: Test:

For more information or if you have other questions, please contact Joe Natale (, 217-558-4185) at the Illinois State Library. (SBA funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.)

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Adult Literacy Grant Application Now Available —Webinars Next Week

February 11th, 2011 Comments off

The application for FY2012 Adult Literacy Grants is now available online.  Applications are due April 15.  There are three separate literacy grant categories:

  • Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring programs provide one-on-one instruction for adults to improve their reading, math, writing and language skills.
  • Family Literacy programs equip parents and their children, together and separately, to improve their basic reading, math, writing or language skills.
  • Workplace Skills Enhancement programs provide on-site basic skills learning opportunities at the workplace to meet the educational needs of working adults.

The ISL Literacy Office staff will hold three Webinars to discuss the three grant applications.

Scheduled Webinars are:

Adult Volunteer Literacy, February 16, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Family Literacy, February 16,  1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Workplace Skills Enhancement, February 23, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and you may sign up at

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Penny Severns Literacy Grant Update

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Application is available online and is due Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 4 p.m. A webinar grant information session was offered December 8, 2010, and can be viewed at the link provided above.

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant is funded by the Library Services and Technology Act, used in cooperation with local literacy programs, to serve low literate and limited-English proficient families. For more information, please call Beth Paoli at 217-785-6923 or e-mail

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Live and Learn Construction Grant Update

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to the public libraries that filed Statements of Interest for FY2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grants. Completed grant applications are due February 18 and are available at For further information, please contact H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891,; or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901,

The Live and Learn program is in addition to the new Public Library Construction Grant Program that will be unveiled shortly.

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New Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The rollout of the new Public Library Construction Grant Program will commence very soon.  If your public library has been waiting for the program announcement, and you believe you would be able to submit an application this spring, please send a simple Statement of Interest to the State Library via email.

Put the phrase “Statement of Interest” in the subject line, and place only the name of your public library and the phrase “Public Library Construction Act Grant application” in the body of the message.  Send the email to Becky Hunter at

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FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program applications and related information are now available from the State Library’s website.

Any libraries interested in applying for a Live & Learn Public Library Construction Grant should review the Program Overview as their first step in the grant process. The Program Overview will provide important information on the three grant categories; the eligibility rules; the required documentation needed; and a list of pertinent definitions of integral components of the program.

The Statement of Interest for those libraries seeking to apply for the grant is due by December 3, 2010, and should be submitted via email to Susan Goodman at

Any questions concerning the program should be directed to either H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891 (, or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901 (

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FY2011 Illinois Public Library Per Capita & Equalization Aid Grant application

July 28th, 2010 Comments off

The FY2011 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application is now available at the Illinois State Library website:

Per Capita Grant funding helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need to address the needs of their patrons. Libraries count on Per Capita Grants for expenses such as paying for material, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants are important because they help public libraries which have a low library tax base, and help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Grant applications are to be legibly postmarked on or before October 15, 2010, or hand delivered to the Illinois State Library no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2010.

For additional information contact Mary Downing at or Jeanne Urbanek at

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Public Per Capita Grant Due Date

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

This year’s public per capita grant will be due on October 14, 2010.

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