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.   


Abandoned Property Program (APP) Round 4 – Application due December 21, 2018

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (“IHDA”) is pleased to request applications for Round 4 of the Abandoned Property Program (“APP”). Under this program, IHDA will make grants to municipalities, counties, and land banks for the maintenance and demolition of abandoned residential properties within their jurisdictions to assist with local revitalization efforts.

Grant funds may be used for securing, maintaining, demolishing, or rehabilitating abandoned residential properties. Comprehensive eligibility requirements for properties and activities under this program can be found at IHDA’s Revitalization and Repair Programs website (www.ihda.org/my-community/revitalization-programs).

FY19 Live & Learn Construction Grant applications now available – Applications due before January 11, 2019

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is pleased to announce that applications for the FY19 Live & Learn Construction Grant Program are now open to public libraries. Information about the grant program is available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/constructgrants.html.

IDNR Accepting Applications for OSLAD and LWCF Grant Programs – Application period Aug 1 to Oct 1, 2018

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, give us a call to set up a time to meet.   Click here for details

Applications for OSFM’s Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program and Ambulance Revolving Loan Program are now being accepted.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct 31, 2018. Click here for details

FEMA Announces

FY18 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program Application period Oct 1, 2018 to Jan 31, 2019

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program Application period Oct 1, 2018 to Jan 31, 2019

We will be listening to FEMA webinars they are putton during the next two weeks.  If you have a project that you would like to discuss, give us a call to set up a time to meet.   Click here for details

USDA Infrastructure Grants

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

Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

IDOT will be accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Funding Cycle 2019 from Monday, September 24, 2018 through Monday, November 19, 2018.    Announcement of Selected Projects – March 2019

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:  July 23, 2018


Bark for Your Park

The PetSafe® Bark for Your Park™ grant program is committed to creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and their owners to enjoy for years to come. Bark for Your Park awards 25 communities each year with funding to not only break ground on new dog parks, but to also help maintain and upgrade existing parks.  Categories for funding levels include new parks, park maintenance, and park equipment.

Award Amount:  $5,000 to $25,000

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2018


Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

This program provides funding assistance to communities to improve the urban forest.  There are four funding categories for this proposal, and communities may apply for more than one category:  Tree Protection/Preservation Ordinance, Tree Inventory & Tracking, Urban Forest Management Plan, and a Tree Planting Program (3 years).  Completion of a tree preservation / protection ordinance is required for all applicants.  This is a reimbursement grant that requires a 50/50 match from the community.  Funding is provided by the US Forest Service; grant funding is administered by the Morton Arboretum.

For more information, please contact our office to see a copy of the 2017 Request for Proposals.  The 2018 RFP is expected to be available by the end of April.

Award Amount:  $15,000 maximum; 50% match from the community

 Application Deadline:  expected approximately July 1, 2018


Fire Prevention Grant Program

FM Global is pleased to offer financial support to organizations working to combat fire. Through the new Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-fire planning, fire prevention education/training and arson prevention/fire investigation.

Award Amount:  no limit, but traditionally $1,000 to $4,000

Application Deadlines for 2018:  July 31, November 30


Our Town:  Place-Based Projects Grant

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA’s) creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, the NEA supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.  Project types include artist residencies, arts festivals, performances, public art, cultural and public art planning, creative business and professional artist development.  These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization.

Award Amount:  $25,000 to $200,000; requires a match equal to the grant amount

 Application Deadline:  August 9, 2018 (though NEA recommends submission by July 30)


NOTE: The following is a grant that you may want to share with organizations in your community.

Every Day Capacity Building Grants

With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state, and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from Friends Groups, nonprofit organizations whose missions focus on serving our nation’s public land sites, and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. These nonprofit organizations are sometimes referred to as Cooperating Associations, or simply as partners. While dedicated and passionate, Friends Groups are often underfunded and understaffed. This grant seeks to strengthen these Friends Groups organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands by funding projects that build the organizational capacity of Friends Groups. Funding source is the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Award Amount: $5,000 maximum

Application Deadlines in 2018: July 17November 5


Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Funding source is the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Award Amount: $6,000 (typical); up to $10,000 in disaster areas

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018


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.

Application Deadline not announced for 2018 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.

Application Deadline not announced for 2018 yet.