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Illinois Trails Grant Programs

The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for futher instructions.

NOTE:  Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle, SNOW and STEF grant programs remain suspended until further notice.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) administers five (5) grant programs that can provide funding assistance to acquire, develop and, in some cases, maintain trails for a variety of public recreation uses. These programs can also restore areas damaged by unauthorized trail use activity. The programs are:
Bike Path Program
Local Government Snowmobile Program
Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund (STEF) Program
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program
Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP)


These programs provide grant assistance on a wide variety of trail related projects in the state. Each program operates on an annual recurring grant cycle with funds awarded on the basis of a review and priorization of written applications submitted to the IDNR. Projects are evaluated according to established trail objectives and priorities. The director of the IDNR, in consultation with staff and the Illinois Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Illinois Greenways & Trails Council and the Illinois Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board, as appropriate, has sole authority and responsiblity for approving grants through these programs.

Funds awarded and disbursed under these programs are on a reimbursement basis. This means that once a project proposal is submitted to the IDNR and approved for grant funding, the project sponsor is responsible for successfully completing the project and intially financing the entire project cost. Actual disbursement of grant funds to the project sponsor is made after the approved project is satisfactorily completed and a final project billing statement, verifying project costs, is submitted to the IDNR for reimbursement. Forty-five (45) days should be allowed after submittal of an acceptable billing request to the IDNR for receipt of actual grant reimbursement payment.

The Illinois Trails Grant Programs manual provides information on program regulations and procedures for making application to the IDNR for funding consideration under any of these programs. Application forms and instructions for making application to the IDNR are also in this manual.

Applications can be filled in ONLINE using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. Instructions are available by clicking here.

Download Planning, Development and Facility Guides by clicking here.

An Acrobat Reader is needed to view and print PDF documents.  To download Acrobat Reader, go to the Adobe Site at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Accessibility tools for Adobe PDF documents are available that allow visually disabled users to read documents in Adobe PDF format. These tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by many screen reading programs. These tools can be downloaded from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html.

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