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ILLINOIS

CONTENTS
State & Federal Grants
Regional Foundations
Grant Information Centers

STATE & FEDERAL GRANTS
Several organizations distribute federal funds to U.S. libraries, including NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), but IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) is the largest. IMLS runs a grant program known as LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), which supports the delivery of library services in the United States. LSTA distributes funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA), also known as "state libraries," who then use the funds to support a range of libraries in their state.

STATE LIBRARY AGENCY
Illinois State Library
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1703
217-782-2994
Grants portion of the web site

Illinois State Library provides several opportunities for Illinois libraries to receive funding. They include, among others:

LSTA
Resource sharing is supported by delivery and the Illinois Regional Library System cooperative automated catalogs, commonly called the Local Library System Automation Project (LLSAP). Therefore, working with the Regional Library Systems to support and continue these services is currently Illinois State Library's priority for the LSTA funds.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Grants
This grant initiative helps public libraries and their communities build long-term capacity for supporting free computer and Internet access in public libraries.

Public Library Construction Programs
The Office of the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library are charged with administering two public library construction programs: the Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, and the Public Library Construction Act Grant Program. Each program operates under a separate set of rules unique to the statutory charge of the program, and each is applied for individually. A library cannot apply for both programs in the same award year.

Grants for Literacy
The State Library's Literacy Office administers the Adult Literacy grant programs that provide basic adult literacy instruction to enhance reading, writing, math, or English proficiency for the targeted program participants.

School District Library Grant Program
The first of its kind in the nation, this program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for public school students in Illinois.

Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grants
Per capita grants are authorized under Illinois Library Law to help public libraries improve and increase library services to their service areas. Equalization grants, authorized under Illinois law, have been established to help public libraries that have a low library tax base.

Training Grant for MLIS
The Illinois Library and Information Science Training Grant Program, administered by the Illinois State Library (ISL), provides grants each year to college graduates who possess exceptional academic achievement and an interest in becoming librarians.

LSTA AT-A-GLANCE

LSTA Guidelines & Applications
LSTA Five-Year (2008-2012) Plan for Colorado for Illinois
LSTA Five-Year (2003-2007) Evaluation Report for Illinois
Use of State Funds in Illinois

Allotment of LSTA State Funds for FY 2011: $5,766,746


REGIONAL FOUNDATIONS
These foundations have a history of supporting libraries or they provide grants for library and/or education-related initiatives in this state. Help us keep the list current by sending information on more foundations that librarians in this state should be aware of to grants@salempress.com.

Arie and Ida Crown Memorial
Focus: effective education and teaching; school programming; leadership development
Grant Guidelines

Barrington Area Community Foundation
Focus: a wide-range of projects that benefit the community, including those that support advancement of education
Grant Guidelines

Chicago Community Trust
Focus: a wide-range of projects that benefit the community, including those that support advancement of education
Grant Guidelines

Community Foundation of Central Illinois
Focus: a wide-range of projects that benefit the community, including those that support advancement of education
Grant Guidelines

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Focus: a wide-range of projects that benefit the community, including those that support advancement of education
Grant Guidelines

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Focus: a wide-range of projects that benefit the community, including those that support advancement of education
Grant Guidelines

Joyce Foundation
Focus: early childhood education; innovative approaches to public education; research; advocacy
Grant Guidelines

Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Focus: educational programming; civic learning and engagement; early childhood education
Grant Guidelines

Spencer Foundation
Focus: education research
Grant Guidelines

GRANT INFORMATION CENTERS IN ILLINOIS
Located nationwide in public libraries, universities, community foundations, or nonprofit organizations, grant information centers, also known as Cooperating Collections, provide visitors with free access to Foundation Center's electronic and print resources on grants and fundraising. Click to read more about Cooperating Collections. View a listing of titles available in Foundation Center's 2011 Core Collection. Find a Cooperating Collection near you here.

Carbondale
Carbondale Public Library
405 W. Main St.
618-457-0354

Chicago
Donors Forum
?CID=10812&DID=24200
208 S. Lasalle, Suite 1540
312-578-0175

Evanston
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.
847-448-8630

Glen Ellyn
College of Dupage
Philanthropy Center
Student Resource Center
425 Fawell Blvd.
630-942-3364

Grayslake
College of Lake County
John C. Murphy Memorial Library
Lake County Philanthropy Center
19351 W. Washington St.
847-543-2071

Joliet
Joliet Junior College Library
1215 Houbolt Rd.
J-Bldg., 3rd Fl.
815-729-9020

Quincy
John Wood Community College
1301 S. 48th St.
217-224-6500

Rock Island
Rock Island Public Library
401 19th St.
309-732-7323

Schaumburg
Schaumburg Township District Library
Northwest Suburban Philanthropy Center
130 S. Roselle Rd.
847-985-4000

Springfield
University of Illinois at Springfield
Brookens Library
Central Illinois Nonprofit Resources Center
One University Plaza
217-206-6633


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