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Grants to Illinois Public Libraries for Facility
Remodeling, Construction, and Upgrades

Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

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Grants to Illinois public libraries for construction projects. Funding is intended to help cover construction expenses associated with remodeling, constructing new libraries, and upgrading facilities to increase accessibility. Grant funds may also be requested to support smaller remodeling and refurbishing projects conducted by libraries that have limited funds.


  • Remodeling for Accessibility:
    • 70-100 percent of total project funds must be used specifically for remodeling an existing building for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).¬†
  • Mini-Grants:
    • Available to public libraries with limited funds with incomes of less than $15 per capita¬†
    • Remodeling or refurbishing existing library buildings.
    • Projects include new carpeting and floor coverings, new furnishings (shelving excluded), remodeling, energy conservation, electrical, roofing, elevators, ceilings, HVAC, plumbing, doors/windows, fire protection, book drops, circulation desks, security systems, technology wiring, and interior or exterior painting.
    • Libraries must address legal requirements for making the building ADA compliant.
  • New Construction/Remodeling:
    • New library construction.
    • Additions to and/or remodeling of existing library buildings.
    • Conversion of existing buildings not currently used for library services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176126

Estimated Size of Grant:

Remodeling for accessibility: $2,500 to $50,000
Mini-grants: $2,500 to $35,000
New construction/remodeling: $25,000 to $125,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements
- Each applicant must be a public library that is a full member of an Illinois Library System, permits intersystem reciprocal borrowing, meets the eligibility criteria to qualify for per Capita Grants, provided in Section 8.1 of the Illinois Library System Act [75 ILCS 10/], and must have applied and been awarded a Public Library Per Capita Grant for the three previous fiscal years.
- Priority will be given to public libraries that have not received a Live and Learn Construction Grant during the three previous fiscal years.
- Mini-Grants only: Mini-Grants enable public libraries with limited funds to remodel or refurbish the library. Such libraries have received an income of less than $15 per capita in the preceding fiscal year, using a formula whereby the library's equalized assessed valuation is multiplied by .13 percent and divided by the population of the library's legal service area. If you are unsure as to whether your library qualifies for this category, please contact the Illinois State Library for verification.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Session & Application Webinar: February 8, 2-3pm ET. Registration coming soon

Pre-Application Information:

FY 2022 applications are due on February 15, 2022.

Match Requirement:
- Remodeling for Accessibility: Local matching funds are required.
- Mini-Grants: Local matching funds are not required.
- New Construction/Remodeling: Local matching funds are required.

Public Library Construction Grant Program:

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Recorded Live and Learn Construction Grant Workshop Webinar:

ADA information:

Library Data Entry Guidelines:

For more information concerning the IL SHPO requirements please visit: (required by all applicants)

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Applications must be submitted electronically to

For more information about public library construction grants, you may call 800-665-5576, Option 2 or email

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