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Illinois Bicycle Path Program     Bike Image

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant 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 facilities. Grants are available to any local government agency having statutory authority to acquire and develop land for public bicycle path purposes.

The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for further instructions.

NOTE:  Please be advised that applications ARE being accepted for the Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle and Federal Recreational Trails (RTP) grant programs. Applications ARE being accepted until noon on March 1, 2014.

Dupage River Greenway Bikepath, Bolingbrook P.D.
DuPage River Greenway Bikepath, Bolingbrook P.D.

Financial assistance up to 50% of approved project costs is available through the program. Maximum grant awards for development projects are limited to $200,000 per annual request; no maximum exists for acquisition projects. Revenue for the program comes from a percentage of vehicle title fees collected pursuant to Section 3-821(f) of the Illinois vehicle code.

Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR by March 1 of each calendar year. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis according to criteria set by the Department. Grant awards are generally announced within six months following the application deadline date.

Eligible project costs include:
Linear corridor land acquisition costs, including associated appraisal fees; and

Bicycle path development or renovation including site clearing and grading, drainage, surfacing, bridging, fencing, signage, and directly related support facilities such as potable water and restroom facilities.

The 2014 Trails Grant application can be completed and submitted ONLINE. Go to the ONLINE forms by clicking here.

Download the Illinois Trails Grant Programs manual.Link to IL Trails Grant Manual  You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above to view this file.

Starting with the 2002 Trails manual, applications can be filled in ONLINE using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 . Instructions are available by clicking here.

An Acrobat Reader is needed to view and print PDF documents.  To download Acrobat Reader 5.0, go to the Adobe Site at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Accessibility tools for Adobe PDF documents are available that allow visually disabled users to read documents in Adobe PDF format. These tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by many screen reading programs. These tools can be downloaded from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html.

Return to the Illinois Trails Grant Programs Page.
Return to the Grants-in-Aid Programs Page.


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