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  Office of Architecture, Engineering and Grants  

The Office of Architecture, Engineering and Grants manages, coordinates and executes the Department's capital program, either through construction projects or through grants to local government entities. This is done by the three components of the office, which is administration through the Office Director's office, the Division of Engineering, and the Division of Grant Administration.


What's New In Grants

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

Please be advised that at this time, applications ARE being accepted for the Federal Recreational Trails (RTP) grant program ONLY. Recreational Trails (RTP) applications are being accepted until 5pm on March 1, 2016.

The Department cannot award grants resulting from these applications until a State budget is approved; submittal of an application will allow the review process to proceed up to the point of award and avoid delays when a budget is in place.

The 2016 Recreational Trails Program Grant application can be completed and submitted ONLINE. Go to the ONLINE forms by clicking here.

The Illinois Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant manual has been extensively revised and updated; applicants should place particilar attention to changes in land acquisition procedures and processes to avoid ineligibility of proposed projects. Download the revised and updated Illinois Recreational Trails Program Grant manual. Link to IL Recreational Trails Grant Manual You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view this file.

Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle, SNOW and STEF grant programs remain suspended until further notice; grant applications for these programs are not being accepted at this time.

OSLAD/LWCF grant programs remain suspended until further notice.

Boat Access Area Development grant program remains suspended until further notice.

PARC and Musuem Capital grant programs also remain suspended until further notice.

Grant program manuals and applications can also be filled in using Adobe Acrobat Reader™ 7.0 and higher. Instructions are available by clicking here.

Click here to Download Planning, Development and Facility Guides


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What's New In Engineering

Link to Conservation World Renovation Project
See how our major improvements at Conservation World insure accessibility to the site...



Link to Frank Holten bridge renovation
Whispering Willow Lake Bridge is a wonderful addition to Frank Holten State Park



Link to Pere Marquette Visitor Center Project
See the beautiful new Pere Marquette State Park Visitor Center...


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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