OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANT
are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
(IDNR) with the intention of creating more recreational opportunities closer to
home for the citizens of Illinois. All of the programs listed below operate on
a cost reimbursement basis to local governments for approved project elements.
Funding through these programs is competitively awarded on an annual basis
based upon written applications.
Open Space Lands
Acquisition and Development Program (OSLAD) & Land and Water Conservation
Fund (LWCF)-(Applications are generally due on July 1st of each
year.) The OSLAD and LWCF programs are state-financed grant programs that
provide funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and /or
development of land for public parks and open space.
Boat Access Area
Development Program-(Applications are generally due on September 1st
of each year.) This program provides financial assistance to local
government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and
expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary architectural/engineering
services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois= lakes and rivers.
Illinois Bicycle Path Program-(Applications
are generally due on March 1st of each year.) This program was created in
1990 to financially assist eligible units of government acquire, construct, and
rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support
Snowmobile Grant Program-(Applications
are generally due on May 1st of each year.) This program is financed from
the registration fees of snowmobiles and provides up to 50% reimbursement of
approved facility development/rehabilitation costs and 90% of approved trail
corridor land acquisition costs for pubic snowmobile trails and areas in the
Illinois Youth Recreation
Corps Grant Program
(IYRC) – (Application deadlines are subject to
availability of funding. Check with NCICG staff for program availability).
The Illinois youth recreation Corps was
established for making grants to local governments and not-for-profits to
provide wages to youth operating and instructing in recreational and
conservation programs for the benefit of other youth.
Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program – (Application
deadlines are subject to availability of funding. Check with NCICG staff for
program availability). The Park and
Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) was created by Public Act
096-0820 effective November 18, 2009 to provide grants to be disbursed by the
DNR to eligible local governments for the acquisition, development,
reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvements, architectural planning, and instillation
of capital facilities consisting, but not limited to, buildings, structures,
and land for park and recreation purposes and open spaces and natural areas.