Other Grant Opportunities

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Other Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of grant and loan program opportunities that may be beneficial to your community and projects you are working on.   Other grant programs that NCICG works with regularly can be found on our website under the Grants tab.  Please contact NCICG at info@ncicg.org  or 815-433-5830 if your community needs assistance applying for these programs.   

IDNR Grant Program Schedule FY2020

FY2020 Live & Learn Construction Grant

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is pleased to announce that applications for the FY2020 Live & Learn Construction Grant Program are now open to public libraries. Eligible grant activities include:

  • ADA improvements
  • Remodeling
  • Refurbishing
  • New construction

Information about the grant program is available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/constructgrants.html.

Applications due January 10, 2020.

Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

The Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Program assists communities and other units of local govt. in the development or expansion of local urban and community forestry programs.
The grant program offers four (4) funding categories:

  1. Preservation and protection ordinances
  2. Tree inventories
  3. Management plans
  4. Tree planting

Maximum grant request is $15,000 with a 50/50 match requirement.
Applications due October 19, 2019.

IDNR Applications opening July 1, 2019.

The Open Space Land Acquisition (OSLAD) program is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public outdoor recreation areas. Click here for more information.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a program that utilizes federal dollars to acquire land to be used for outdoor recreation. Click here for more information.

The Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) program is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public boat and canoe access areas in Illinois. Click here for more information.

The application period will open July 1, 2019 and applications must be submitted to the IDNR by 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2019.

Anticipated this fall – 2020 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) Application Cycle.

The ITEP program is a 2-year cycle with the last round due in the fall of 2017 (2018 Cycle 13).  In that round 53 out of 218 projects were selected for a total award amount of $35.7 million out of $252 million requested. Applications for these funds are highly competitive.

ITEP’s new requirement is that communities must have Phase I Engineering completed and proof must be submitted with the application.  Because of this, we are sending this notification now so your community can start working on your projects.

ITEP project categories eligible for funding:

  1. Pedestrian/Bicycle Facilities
  2. Streetscapes
  3. Conversion of Abandoned Railroad Corridors to Trails
  4. Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation of Historic Transportation Facilities
  5. Vegetation Management in Transportation Rights-of-Way
  6. Archaeological Activities Relating to Impacts from Implementation of a Transportation Project
  7. Storm Water Management, Control and Water Pollution Prevention or Abatement Related to Highway Construction or Due to Highway Runoff
  8. Reduce Vehicle-Caused Wildlife Mortality or Restore and Maintain Connectivity Among Terrestrial or Aquatic Habitats
  9. Construction of Turnouts, Overlooks and Viewing Areas

IDNR Accepting Applications for Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path (Bike Path) Grant Programs

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced applications will be accepted through March 14 for grants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs beginning on January 14, 2019.  Click here for details.

Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

This grant program assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities. The grant awards for eligible libraries will be determined by multiplying the library’s Grant Index by the construction project’s recognized eligible project costs. The Illinois State Library will calculate each library’s Grant Index using a mathematical formula found in the legislation that created the program; Grant Index figures will be posted on the State Library’s website. The State Library will verify the eligible construction costs to be funded by state funds, and notify the applying library of its local share of the construction project.

Applications are due yearly on April 15 and must be submitted electronically to construct-grant@ilsos.net.

For more information about this public library construction grant program, visit the Public Library Construction Act Grant Program website.

USDA Infrastructure Grants

USDA Encourages Rural Communities and Water Districts to Apply for Loans to Improve and Rebuild Infrastructure; $4 Billion Available

PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program

PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; mountain bike facilities; bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage.  This grant also funds some advocacy projects, such as programs that transform city streets (such as Open Streets Days) and campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure.  Grantmaker PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs.

Award Amount:  $10,000, which must be less than 50% of the project budget

Application Deadline:  June 17, 2019

Bark for Your Park

Each spring, PetSafe® invites communities across the country to apply for grants totaling $225,000 to build or enhance off-leash dog parks. Awards are given to 13 communities: eight $25,000 grants to help build new dog parks and five $5,000 awards to enhance existing dog parks.  Click here for more details.

Award Amount:  $5,000 to $25,000

Applications will open in May 2019

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The “Land and Water Conservation Fund” (LWCF) program provides up to 50% funding assistance to eligible units of local government for approved land acquisition for public outdoor recreation purposes. The LWCF acquisition program is a reimbursement program based on the IDNR approved market value of a property. The local agency must still possess the ability to finance the cost of an approved land acquisition project prior to receipt of grant reimbursement funds. Grants are federally funded but administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Award Amount: Up to $750,000; 50% match.

Yearly Application Deadline not announced for 2019 yet.

Right Tree, Right Price

Ameren Illinois works with municipal leaders to identify trees growing near power lines which may be better suited for removal rather than continual trimming. This grant program provides municipalities with funds to replace removed trees or promote the core standards of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Program: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Award Amount: $125 per tree, with a maximum of $2,500 per year

Application Deadline: Ongoing; no deadline

Recover, Replant, Restore!

Trees Forever helps communities recover from natural disasters. The Illinois Urban Forest Strike Team is a group of specially-trained arborists and foresters volunteering their time to help communities affected by disasters. These professionals spend time in the community performing “rapid tree assessments” on public trees or certain privately-owned trees that pose a threat to people or property on public land. After the Strike Team has finished collecting information about damaged trees on public property, IDNR will analyze the data and create a report for the city prioritizing trees for removal or special care.

Award Amount: in-kind donations of expertise

Application Deadline: Ongoing; no deadline

The OSLAD program provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and /or development of land for public parks and open space.

Eligible Activities include:

Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural resource preservation.

Development/Renovation of:

  • picnic and playground facilities;
  • outdoor nature interpretive facilities;
  • sports courts and play fields;
  • swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses;
  • campgrounds and fishing piers;
  • winter sports facilities;
  • park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms; and
  • architectural/engineering (A/E) services necessary for proper design and construction of

approved project components.

What are the funding limits? 

Maximum grant funding for an approved acquisition project is limited to $750,000 and approved development projects are limited to $400,000. The OSLAD program will cover up to 50% of approved project costs. It is a reimbursable grant program. The community must be able to fund the entire project and be reimbursed upon project completion.

Yearly Application Deadline not announced for 2019 yet.