Public Museum Capital
CSFA Number: 422-94-1164
Agency Name
Department Of Natural Resources (422)
Agency Contact
Kathy Barker
217 782 7481
Short Description
Provides financial assistance to public museums to develop new and update existing exhibits, expand facilities, renovate and restore buildings and make infrastucture improvements. This program is jointly administered by the IDNR's Illinois State Museum and IDNR's Division of Grant Administration
Subject Area
Environment and Culture
Program Function
Cultural Affairs
Enabling Legislation
20 ILCS 805/805-70 20 ILCS 801/1-25
Objectives and Goals
Assists public museums in expanding and upgrading facilities and creating new exhibits to enhance the ability of public museums to meet their missions through competitive reimbursement grants.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
The capital project for which the museum is applying must be clearly defined and must meet all of the following criteria:
1) Project costs must be eligible "Capital Expenditures" as defined in Section 3200.10;
2) Project expenses will not be recurring;
3) The project is of a durable nature and not consumed in use;
4) The project is not subject to inherent risk of failure or rapid technological obsolescence, or primarily intended to fulfill temporary requirements or needs; and
5) The project appreciably increases, improves or enhances the property, land, building or asset to be developed, constructed or improved.
Eligibility Requirements
Public museums that have been open to the public for two years and are either operated by or located upon land owned by a unit of local government, a museum that has an annual indoor attendance of at least 150,000 and offers educational programs to school groups during school hours, or have been certified with criteria.
Eligible Applicants
Other; Nonprofit Organizations; Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Application schedule and award dates vary.

a) Technical and Program Review
Department staff will review the project application for:
1) Completeness of application.
2) Evidence that the public museum meets all eligibility criteria, as defined in Section 3200.20.
3) Evidence that the capital project meets the eligibility criteria as defined in Section 3200.20.
4) Evidence that the public museum has long term future occupancy rights for the property.
5) Evidence that the project is part of a capital planning process.
6) Project's feasibility with regard to operational capacities of the public museum.
7) Evidence of the public museum's ability to complete the project successfully, including the availability of adequate financial resources.
8) Adequacy of cost estimates and construction schedule estimates.
9) Evidence of community support and meeting community needs.
10) Effectively enhancing the public museum's ability to meet its mission.
11) Expanding audiences, including reaching underserved groups.
12) Compliance with requirements of previous grant awards.

b) Peer Review Panel
1) The Director will appoint a panel of 5 citizens with backgrounds and experience relevant to the activities of public museums and their educational contributions who will review proposals and then make recommendations for funding. Such citizens shall not be current employees of any museums in the State of Illinois that are eligible to apply for this grant program. The Director shall have the authority to call upon the expertise of non-residents of the State for additional advice on the program and its administration.
2) Names of candidates for the peer review panel will be solicited from museums throughout Illinois.
3) In developing recommendations for funding, consideration may be given to the scale of the project in relationship to the public museum's operating budget, annual attendance, and size and capacity of the staff.

c) Staff Recommendation
Department staff will evaluate proposals based on criteria outlined above, consider recommendations from the peer review panel, and recommend to the Director priorities for funding.
Assistance Consideration
Maximum grant awards cannot be more than 10% of the annual appropriation and the department can establish the level of the maximum grant annually. The maximum grant award amount is announced in conjunction with announcing the annual grant application schedule.

Public museums with attendance of 300,000 or less during the preceding calendar year, no match required - public museum with attendance of over 300,000 but less than 600,000 during preceding calendar year, match must be at a ratio of $1 from local and private funds for every $1 in State funds - public museum with attendance of over 600,000 during the preceding calendar year, match must be at a ratio of $2 from local and private funds for ever $1 in state funds. Reimbursement program.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2019 : $20,680,000
FY 2020 : $25,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details2014MUSEUM$25000 - $75000001/25/2019 - 02/25/2019 : 5:00 pm
Details2020.MUSEUM$25000 - $75000003/02/2020 - 05/29/2020 : 5:00 pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
Lincoln Park Zoological S06/14/201406/30/2021750,000
Chicago Academy of Sciences06/14/201406/30/2021750,000
Champaign Park District04/01/201904/01/2021750,000
Chicago Horticultural Society04/01/201904/01/2021750,000
Field Museum of Natural History04/01/201904/01/2021750,000