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The Department of Natural Resources has numerous programs available to assist with recreational, educational and environmental improvements and projects.

The following links will take you directly to those sections on our website.

Illinois Youth Recreation Corps – 2011 Grant Application. The Illinois Youth Recreation Corps was established for making grants to local sponsors to provide wages to youth operating and instructing in recreational and conservation programs for the benefit of other youth. Such programs shall provide recreational opportunities for children of all age levels and shall include, but not be limited to, the coordination and teaching of physical activities, arts and handicrafts, and learning activities.

Potential applicants include local sponsors who can provide necessary facilities, materials and management for summer recreational and conservation activities for youth within the community and who desire a grant for hiring eligible youth as supervisors, instructors, instructional aides or maintenance personnel. Local sponsors must be units of local government or not-for-profit entities.

New Illinois Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program (PARC).

Recreational Grants-in-Aid Programs. These include OSLAD/federal LWCF, Boating Access, and Trails Programs like Bikeway, Snowmobile, Off-Highway Vehicle, and federal recreational trails.

The Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant provides financial assistance to local units of government for the development of local urban and community forestry programs. These activities must help to establish, manage, conserve and preserve the urban and community forests from inner city to associated public lands.

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program. Instructions and Application

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant application - Teachers may apply to receive funds for natural resources-related field trips with their students.

Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants  (available to schools, nature centers and youth groups)

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program (VFA Program) - During the past two years approximately thirty wildland fire training classes have been presented around the state through the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Please visit here again as we will be posting new information and forms.

Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program - updated 3/08/2011. The Office of Resource Conservation provides grants through the Illinois Habitat Fund, State Pheasant Fund, State Furbearer Fund, and the Migratory Waterfowl Stamp fund that are funded by Illinois sportsmen through the purchase of Habitat Stamps and Migratory Waterfowl Stamps. Together these programs are designed to protect, acquire, enhance or manage wildlife habitat and to support limited research and educational programs to further advance this mission. The Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant Program is designed to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of this state through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. Additionally, the Maintenance of Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities That Take Care of Threatened or Endangered Species portion of the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund is intended to keep these facilities in a state of good repair necessary to provide safe and sanitary conditions for the species and the staff.

Forestry Assistance Programs. These include the Rural Forest Landowner Assistance, the Urban and Community Forestry, Nursery Operations, Forest Protection and Health Management, Forest Products Industry Assistance, and Forestry Development Act (FDA) programs.

Resource Conservation links

Coastal Management Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Endangered Species Protection Board
Federal Aid & Special Funds Section
Forest Resources
Fur Hunting & Trapping in Illinois
Natural Heritage
Nature Preserves Commission
Wetlands Program
Wildlife Resources
Illinois Wildlife Action Plan
Wildlife Science Fair Project Ideas

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