The Grafton Visitor Center will receive $640,000 in state funding for an expansion project through Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.
The Grafton Visitor Center will receive $640,000 in state funding for a $650,000 project to add 1,550 square feet to the facility.
The funding is part of $20 million in state capital investments to improve facilities and develop new exhibits at 47 Illinois museums through Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.
“Museums play a vital role in telling us about our world and who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going,” Quinn said. “These investments will help museums attract even more visitors, boost tourism, create hundreds of jobs and help preserve our history for generations to come.”
The projects are part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program was open to any museum operated by local governments or located on municipally owned land. The maximum grant award was $750,000 and matching funds were required in many cases based on the museum attendance levels from the previous year. Two years ago the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program awarded $15 million to 49 museums for projects ranging from expanded facilities to exhibits and infrastructure improvements.
The museum grants are part of Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.