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Outdoor recreation opportunities and open space
are an important part of the quality of life enjoyed by Illinois citizens.
The ever increasing need to provide quality, close-to-home recreation
opportunities and open space is a difficult challenge for many units
of government in Illinois. To assist in this effort, the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Office
of Architecture, Engineering and Grants, Division of Grant Administration, administers
eight grants-in-aid programs to help local agencies in Illinois provide
a variety of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
All the programs operate on a cost
reimbursement basis to local governments or not-for-profit entities
for approved project elements. Funding through these programs is competitively
awarded on an annual basis based upon written applications submitted
to the Department by specified deadline dates for each program. Applications
for assistance are evaluated and prioritized by the Department for
funding according to specific criteria and goals established for each
of the programs and designed to make selection of projects equitable
and responsive to statewide and local outdoor recreation needs. All
grant assisted facilities must be designed to accommodate the physically
disabled and be open to the general public without regard to race,
color, national origin, sex, age, or residence.
The eight outdoor recreation
grant programs available through the Department of Natural Resources
are divided into groups:
To request grant application
manuals or additional information regarding any of the referenced grant