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:

Grant projects support the Illinois Radio Information Services' daily broadcast of local news and information not generally heard on regular news broadcasts.

Eligible Applicants

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.

Legal Authority

Program Impact in FY 2019

Total Dollars Awarded Number of People Served



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

Blind and Physically Handicapped/TBBS Grants are funded in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.