Blind and Physically Handicapped/TBBS Grants Illinois State Library
Purpose and Outcomes
In Illinois, about 2.1% of the population or 258,864 people have a vision disability and are eligible for the program. The Secretary of State/Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) funds Blind and Physically Handicapped grants that result in:
- Access to information, equipment and programs for people with visual or physical limitations, unable to read standard print or hold or turn pages of reading material.
- Access to daily news, read by volunteers, heard only by obtaining a free, special radio receiver, via password protected Internet web stream or secondary audio programming on local access television.
Grant projects support the Illinois Radio Information Services' daily broadcast of local news and information not generally heard on regular news broadcasts.
- Designated Illinois Radio Information Service Stations.
Application and Reporting Forms
Grant applications are being offered in advance of the provision of the state budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The State Library makes grant applications available so that award notification may be released when legislative and gubernatorial approval of an FY 2020 appropriation is made. Obligations to fund this grant program will cease immediately without penalty or further payment being required if the Illinois General Assembly or the federal funding source fails to appropriate or otherwise make available sufficient funds.
- Grant Application Due April 30.
- Grant Reporting Forms
- Instructions for Completing Fillable Grant Forms
- Library Data Entry Guidelines
Program Impact in FY 2019Total Dollars Awarded
- $365,449 for 11 Radio Information Service stations.
- 16,142 registered talking book patrons. All print-impaired Illinois residents are eligible to participate with .4% of the population eligible for radio information services.
- Illinois residents stay engaged in life and connect to their community through listening to local news via a specialized radio receiver, the Internet or cable television. The inability to read a newspaper is often the first vision loss.
- Many of the talking book service clients use it as their only educational and recreational activity, reading over 10 hours per day.
- Students can participate in reading activities for school assignments.
The Radio Information Service programming offered information and comfort to my husband when we really needed it. – Stronghurst, IL.
A listener stopped a Radio Information Service volunteer in church because he recognized her voice. He told her, “There are some days I wouldn’t get through the day without MindsEye.” – O’Fallon, IL.
For more information about Blind and Physically Handicapped/Talking Book and Braille Service grant programs, please call 217-782-9435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.