The Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund
(STEF) Program provides financial assistance to incorporated, private
snowmobile clubs in Illinois. The STEF Program provides reimbursement
funding assistance up to 100% of eligible project costs.
NW Illinois Snowmobilers Alliance Trail
The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for further instructions.
Funds for the program come from
a portion of snowmobile registration fees collected by the state. Grants
may be obtained by local snowmobile clubs to develop and maintain additional
public trails and facilities in the state. Although grants are made
to private clubs, STEF-assisted snowmobile trails and facilities must
be open and available for general public use.
Applications for grant assistance
must be submitted to IDNR no later than May 1 of each calendar year.
Applications are evaluated for funding consideration according to program
priorities and criteria established by the Department with grant awards
typically announced by early fall.
assistance may be obtained for the following:
development costs including clearing, grading, and surfacing;
signs and fencing;
or fence traversing ramps (must be portable); and
facilities and warming shelters/restrooms (must be located on public
Links to State Snowmobile Clubs involved
with the STEF Program:
Illinois Association of Snowmobile
The 2014 Trails Grant application can be completed and submitted ONLINE. Go to the ONLINE forms by clicking here.
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