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Grants-in-Aid Programs

What's New In Grants

Several Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee.
See specific program manuals for further instructions.

Do You have Questions? Contact Us!
Outdoor recreation opportunities and open space are an important part of the quality of life enjoyed by Illinois citizens. The ever increasing need to provide quality, close-to-home recreation opportunities and open space is a difficult challenge for many units of government in Illinois. To assist in this effort, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Office of Architecture, Engineering and Grants, Division of Grant Administration, administers eight grants-in-aid programs to help local agencies in Illinois provide a variety of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

All the programs operate on a cost reimbursement basis to local governments or not-for-profit entities for approved project elements. Funding through these programs is competitively awarded on an annual basis based upon written applications submitted to the Department by specified deadline dates for each program. Applications for assistance are evaluated and prioritized by the Department for funding according to specific criteria and goals established for each of the programs and designed to make selection of projects equitable and responsive to statewide and local outdoor recreation needs. All grant assisted facilities must be designed to accommodate the physically disabled and be open to the general public without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or residence.

The eight outdoor recreation grant programs available through the Department of Natural Resources are divided into groups:

Grant applications (except PARC and IYRC) can be completed and submitted ONLINE. Go to the manuals by clicking here.

Download Planning, Development and Facility Guides by clicking here.

To request grant application manuals or additional information regarding any of the referenced grant programs, contact:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Grant Administration
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271
Tele: (217)782-7481
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