State Grants for Niabi and Botanical Center
With help from the state, 36 Illinois museums, including two in the Quad Cities, will be able to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits.
Wednesday Governor J.B. Pritzker announced grants totaling more than 19 million dollars from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program.
Local recipients include 436,000 dollars for the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley and a new Prairie Dog exhibit, and 750,000 dollars for the Botanical Center in Rock Island, for phase-3 of its Children's Garden.
The Public Museum Capital Grants Program, administered by the Illinois DNR is open to any museum operated by local government or located on municipally owned land. The maximum grant award for projects is $750,000, and matching funds are required in many cases based on museum attendance levels.