Library Board Probes Grant Requirements with State Library

Galesburg Public LibraryTrustees of the Galesburg Public Library Board will be implementing the next step for meeting the matching funds requirement of a State grant.

Appearing through video Thursday, representatives of the Illinois State Library answered questions from board members and area elected representatives who were also in attendance.

The Library Board is hoping to, at the very least, maintain their spot on a list of possible grant recipients for the construction of a new library.

Although zero funds have been allocated from the State of Illinois, the State Library is required to accept applications for the program.

Illinois State Library Director Anne Craig says the Galesburg Public Library may move up the list simply because many things can happen to the other applicants.

“They can decide to go ahead with their projects with the funds they have,” Craig said.  “They can borrow money, they can pass a referendum to successfully complete their projects, without this [grant money].”

After meeting with representatives of the State Library, the Board of Trustees approved a plan that sets a fundraising plan in motion.

In order to qualify for the State grant, the Library would have to prove matching funds by the June 30th deadline and again if the grant is awarded.

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