Public Library Per Capita / Equalization Grant Awards and Expenditures Illinois State Library

Per Capita Awards  •  Equalization Awards  •  Expenditures

Historical Summary of Awards and Expenditures

All library patrons benefit from funds awarded to local libraries through the Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grant program, a state funded grant program administered by Secretary of State Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. Since 1979, this annual grant program has provided funding for the day to day operations of qualifying Illinois public libraries.

Libraries have chosen to use the money to support library materials, programs, and personnel as well as other allowable categories of expenses. Most libraries prioritize these funds to purchase library materials; secondly, libraries use the funds to hire personnel, and thirdly, to provide electronic access.

Per Capita and Equalization Grant Awards

Per Capita
Fiscal Year Number of Libraries Amount Paid Per Capita Total Amount Awarded
2010 612 $1.0211 $11,925,396.22
2011 603 $1.02333 $11,965,295.31
2012 620 $1.0255 $11,962,093.40
2013 612 $1.02765 $11,980,489.71
2014 635 $1.25 $14,697,808.75
2015 635 $1.25 $14,719,881.25
2016 636 $.077085 $9,086,392.90
2017 635 $.77644 $9,144,374.63
Total – – – – – – $95,481,732.17
Equalization
Fiscal Year Number of Libraries Total Amount Awarded
2010 7 $85,107.02
2011 5 $51,276.07
2012 8 $53,631.11
2013 6 $57,663.22
2014 30** $298,878.21
2015 33 $332,476.35
2016 34 $344,063.20
2017 32 $286,159.43
Total – – – $1,509,254.61

**The significant increase in public libraries qualifying for equalization aid in 2014 is due to two factors, PA 95-976, which increased the statutory cap on per capita property tax income that public libraries may receive and still qualify for equalization aid, and an increase in the General Revenue Fund (GRF) appropriation for public library per capita and equalization grants included in the FY2014 state budget.

Per Capita and Equalization Grant Expenditures

The most recent Expenditure Reports available are FY2015. The combined total expenditures for FY2010–FY2015 is $96,990,986.78.

FY2010-FY2015 Combined Expenditures
Expenditure category % of libraries expending in this category
Materials 79.33
Personnel 33.23
Electronic Access 26.91
Programs 20.25
Equipment 18.73
Public Relations 10.87
Continuing Education 10.25
Supplies 10.05
Contractual 9.71
Telecommunications 6.36
Other 5.83
Travel 4.64
Construction 1.10

Per Capita And Equalization Grant Expenditure Summaries (FY2010–FY2015)

Questions?

For more information on Public Library Per Capita or Equalization Aid grants, please call 217-524-8836.