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
Government Snowmobile Program
Trail Establishment Fund (STEF) Program
Vehicle (OHV) Program
Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
NOTE: Please be advised that applications ARE being accepted for the Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle and Federal Recreational Trails Grant Programs. Applications are due March 1, 2013.
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.
Trails Grant Programs manual.
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