ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grants
The Public Library Per Capita Grants Program was established to assist public libraries to improve and increase library services within their service areas. Grant amounts of up to $1.25 per person served are available, on an annual basis, to all Illinois, local public libraries.
The Equalization Grants Program was established to help public libraries with a low library tax base. By providing additional funding, these grants help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.
Applications for either the Public Library Per Capita Grant or Equalization Grant programs must be submitted via email to Percapfirstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 15. All required supporting documentation, including the Per Capita and Equalization financial expenditure reports, must be attached as separate documents and submitted with the application. The Illinois State Library is not responsible for, nor obligated to fund, any grant application that has been assessed as unacceptable due to the following reasons:
- Received with an email time stamp after January 15;
- The application was not completed or missing components;
- The application does not meet the requirements established by the Illinois State Library as indicated in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.115 and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.135;
- The application was sent by a public library that has previously submitted delinquent grant reports, lapsed grant funds from any Illinois State Library administered grant program, and/or failed to submit a current Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR).
Paper copies of the application and reporting forms will not be accepted. Other than supplying requested information, grant applicants may not alter the original form as issued by the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library. Scanned copies of grant applications are not allowed; and any applications that are not submitted on the required form may be eliminated from consideration for funding.
Note: Please retain an electronic copy of the application for the library's files. As it is incumbent on the part of the applying library to prove timely submission, be sure the copy includes the email date/time stamp.
The FY 2017 application is not available at this time.
Expenditure Report Forms
Financial reports of expenditures must be attached as separate documents and submitted with the application.
- Illinois Public Library Per Capita Grant Expenditures Report
- Illinois Public Library Equalization Aid Grant Expenditures Report
- Administrative Ready Reference
- FY 2016–FY 2017 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Requirements
- Illinois EDGE Initiative Resource Page
- Edge Success 1,2,3! Recorded September 15, 2015
- A Public Library Per Capita Application How-To Recorded November 10, 2015
- 75 ILCS 10/8–8.1 *Amended by P.A. 99-186, eff. July 29, 2015.
- 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.115
- 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035.135
- FY 2015 Grant Recipients
- FY 2014 Grant Recipients
- Historical Summary of Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant Awards and Expenditures
For more information on Public Library Per Capita or Equalization Aid grants, please call 217-524-8836.