Rep. Grant Wehrli Announces $3.1 Million in Museum Grants Coming to DuPage/Will Counties

State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) announced today that $3.1 million in funds from the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program are headed to museums in DuPage and Will Counties.

“Our local museums are vital to the fabric of our communities, and I am pleased to know that several in our around the 41st District will receive these grants,” said Wehrli. “Especially during these tough times when museums are experiencing steep drops in revenue due to the health pandemic, it’s nice to provide this small boost of revenue to help with improvement projects.”

The Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), is open to any museum operated by local government or located on municipally-owned land. Specifically for DuPage and Will Counties, the following grant money was awarded through the program:

DuPage County

  • Naperville Heritage Society: $749,700 toward an ag lab in the Agricultural Interpretive Center
  • DuPage Children’s Museum: $92,500 toward a roof restoration project
  • Elmhurst History Museum: $255,300 toward operations upgrades
  • Lombard Historical Society: $750,000 toward an expansion of core operations at the Carriage House

Will County

  • Will County Forest Preserve: $750,000 toward Four Rivers Interpretive Improvements
  • Bolingbrook Park District: $505,700 toward a Hidden Lakes outdoor educational pavilion

For more information about the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, visit the IDNR web site at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/grants/Pages/Museum-Capital-Grants.aspx.