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Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

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The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities. Grants are awarded based on recommendations from a statewide committee following a review process. Local money is matched by state grants, except for Mini-Grants.

Application Forms and Supplementary Information

FY2016 applications are due on March 1, 2016.

Reporting Forms


Remodeling for Accessibility — Grant award range: 2,500-$50,000

Mini-Grants — Grant award range: $2,500-$35,000

New Construction/Remodeling — Grant award range: $25,000-$125,000

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Eligibility Requirements

Supporting Documentation

The following supporting documentation is required, when applicable, and must be submitted as Portable Document Format (PDF) attachments or on a CD/DVD-ROM and may be submitted separately from the application.

The Illinois State Library does not make recommendations for contractors, engineers, architects or building consultants. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Informational Webinars

Legal Authority

Program Impact in FY2015

Total Dollars Awarded

$701,386 Live and Learn Fund

Number of Grants Awarded

Number of People Served



Homer Community Library received a Mini-Grant that allowed the library to replace an outdated inefficient HVAC system with a new efficient unit and install a new power assist automatic entry door for patrons with disabilities.

Ashley Public Library District received a Mini-Grant to replace all of the library windows with energy efficient replacements, a new HVAC system, the installation of a new concrete parking area and a power assist automatic entry door for patrons with disabilities, the purchase and installation of a new exterior electric informational sign, a new circulation desk and have the interior of the library painted.

Kewanee Public Library District received a Remodeling grant for maintenance on their 1906 Carnegie building that included masonry tuck pointing, painting, repair and sealing of the stone roof eaves, removal and repainting of lintels, re-sealing of windows, and electrical modifications on the library’s main level as well as outside lighting replacements.


For more information about public library construction grants, please call 217-524-4901 or email

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