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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.

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

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

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.

Grant assistance may be obtained for the following:
Trail development costs including clearing, grading, and surfacing;
Trail signs and fencing;
Trail groomers;
Bridges or fence traversing ramps (must be portable); and
Parking facilities and warming shelters/restrooms (must be located on public park land).

Links to State Snowmobile Clubs involved with the STEF Program:
Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs

Starting with the 2002 Trails manual, applications can be filled in ONLINE using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. Instructions are available 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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