SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Museums all across Illinois are applying for millions of dollars in state funding.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, the applications are part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, which awarded more than $15 million in 2010. That money is earmarked for museums to improve facilities and develop new exhibits.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports

The maximum grant for any one project is $750,000. The source of the funding is the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.

To qualify for the grants, the museums have to be public.

The deadline for the applications is May 7.

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