Illinois Public Radio and Television
CSFA Number: 503-00-0892
Agency Name
Illinois Arts Council (503)
Agency Contact
Sandra Velazquez
312-814-4993
sandra.velazquez@illinois.gov
Short Description
IACA grant funds enable the people of Illinois to have access to locally operated Public Radio and Television stations that provide unique services to their communities, including local productions, arts programming, educational outreach and local and regional news.
Subject Area
Environment and Culture
Program Function
Cultural Affairs
Enabling Legislation
30 ILCS 745 (Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Radio and Television Grant Act.)
Objectives and Goals
Enable the people of Illinois to have access to locally operated public radio and television stations that provide unique services to their communities.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
The use of grant funds by an Illinois Public Broadcasting Station is not restricted to a specific purpose. The station, however must comply with the statutory provisions which require that the funds received from the State of Illinois do not supplant or cause to be reduced any other sources of funding for the station. The funds are to be used solely for the benefit of a public broadcasting station and are not for general institutional overhead or parent organization expenses. Generally, the funds should be used for the cost of operating and maintaining a public broadcasting station. Funds cannot be used for long-term investments or purchases of real property such as land or buildings or related depreciation expenses.

Operating cost cannot include the costs of acquiring real property, depreciation on real property, production costs underwritten by public broadcasting entities, costs attributable to instructional activities of the educational institution, whether on closed circuit or not, costs of operating a commercial (profit-making) business enterprise, including a for-profit subsidiary, and all in-kind expenses related to the above.
Eligibility Requirements
"Illinois public radio station" or "radio station" means a non-commercial public radio broadcasting station licensed as such by the Federal Communications Commission, or authorized under a program test authority by the Federal Communications Commission, which operates from a community located in this State, and meets the minimum criteria for receipt of Community Service Grants set by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and "Illinois public television station" or "television station" means a non-commercial public television broadcasting station licensed as such by the Federal Communications Commission, or authorized under a program test authority by the Federal Communications Commission, which operates from a community located in this State, and meets the minimum criteria for receipt of Community Service Grants set by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Eligible station" means a public radio or television station as defined hereinabove which had been in full-time operation and has met the minimum grant criteria of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting before applying for a grant under 30 ILCS 745.

In the event the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should cease to exist, or its Community Service Grant program should terminate, or the eligibility criteria for grants under the Community Service Grant program shall be lowered, then the criteria for eligibility for such grants which were extant on the effective date of this Act shall prevail for purposes of this Act.
Eligible Applicants
Other;
Application and Award Processing
(30 ILCS 745/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 1552)
Sec. 2. Certification process. Each eligible station shall certify to the Illinois Arts Council, in such form and at such time as the Council shall require, its actual operating cost for the prior fiscal year. Upon acceptance by the Illinois Arts Council, such certification shall constitute the basis for grants provided under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-25, eff. 6-9-99.)
Assistance Consideration
(30 ILCS 745/3) (from Ch. 127, par. 1553)
Sec. 3. Allocation of Funds. Funds appropriated for the purpose of making grants to stations under this Act shall be divided into 2 grant pools, with 75% of such appropriated funds constituting a grant pool for public television stations and 25% of such appropriated funds constituting a grant pool for public radio stations.
(Source: P.A. 84-1040.)

(30 ILCS 745/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 1554)
Sec. 4. Basic Grants. Each eligible station shall receive an annual basic service grant in an amount equal to 30% of the grant pool for which it is eligible divided by the number of eligible stations.
(Source: P.A. 84-1040.)

(30 ILCS 745/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 1555)
Sec. 5. Operating Grants. Each eligible station shall receive an annual operating support grant amounting to a pro-rata share of 70% of the grant pool for which it is eligible. This share shall bear the same ratio to 70% of the grant pool from which it came as the station's actual operating cost bore in the previous fiscal year to the aggregate of such actual operating cost for all eligible stations for that year.
(Source: P.A. 84-1040.)
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantee is required to complete and submit a final report no later 30 days after the end date of the grant period. This report will focus on the activities outlined in the original application. Grantees are required to provide financial, statistical, and narrative information.  In addition grantees will be required to submit examples of published materials verifying activities and compliance with the IACA funding acknowledgement requirement. Grant amounts of $25,000 or greater are required to submit quarterly reports within thirty days after the end of each quarter, which describe the progress of the program, project or use and the expenditure of the grant funds.

The public broadcasting station must provide the Illinois Arts Council with reasonable access to the station's accounting records. The station must maintain separate accounting records for the use of grant fund proceeds. The station must not commingle those grant funds with other sources of revenue. A separate account and separate records will insure quick and accurate reporting and will leave an audit trail for review of the use of grant proceeds as needed.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $1,507,100
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsPRTV Basic Grant$9420 - $4238507/23/2019 - 08/22/2019 : 11:59:59
DetailsPRTV Operating Grant FY20$6000 - $600000General announcement open for a period of time with no specific due dates for applications.
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
Southern Illinois University Carbondale10/01/201908/31/2020136,575
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)10/01/201908/31/202061,225
Eastern Illinois University10/01/201908/31/202042,385
Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University10/01/201908/31/202042,385
Window to the World Communications, Inc.10/01/201908/31/202042,385