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Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program (OHV) Motocross Image

The OHV grant program provides financial aid to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other eligible groups or individuals to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks and trails. These facilities must be open and accessible to the public. The program can also help restore areas damaged by unauthorized OHV use. Funds for the grant program come from the State Treasurer's "Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund."

The OHV grant program can provide up to 100% funding reimbursement assistance for approved, eligible project costs. Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR no later than March 1 of each calendar year. Awards are generally announced within 180 days following the application deadline date.

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.

Examples of eligible project activities include:

  • cost of land acquisition from willing sellers for OHV trails and scramble areas;
  • construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and design for OHV trails/routes and scramble areas;
  • restoration of areas damaged by OHV usage;
  • rider education and safety programs;
  • cost of facility security.
Grant assistance from this program cannot be used for the following purposes:
  • land acquisition through eminent domain; and
  • construction of OHV trails and areas on DNR owned and managed lands, and on U.S. Forest Service lands designated as wilderness or currently not authorized for such use by an approved management plan.

OHV Grant Assisted Sites and frequently asked questions: Click the link to learn more.

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.

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.


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