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Urban Forestry Grants

Updated 4/8/2020

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Grant Program Description Web Information Deadline
Bike Path Grant Program IDNR assists eligible units of government to acquire, construct, and rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/grants/Pages/BikePathProgram.aspx 3/15/2020
Public Museum Capital IDNR helps public museums in Illinois expand and upgrade facilities and create new exhibits and other physical facilities to enhance public museums' abilities to meet their mission.​ https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/grants/Pages/Museum-Capital-Grants.aspx 4/30/2020
Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) IDNR provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and open space. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/AEG/Pages/OpenSpaceLandsAquisitionDevelopment-Grant.aspx 7/1/2020
Land and Water Conservation Fund IDNR provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and open space. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/AEG/Pages/OpenSpaceLandsAquisitionDevelopment-Grant.aspx 5/1/2020
Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant IDNR facilitates planting of native plants on school yards. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/education/Pages/GrantsSHAG.aspx 11/30/2020
Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant IDNR funds a field trip to study some aspect of Illinois' biodiversity. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/education/Pages/GrantsIBFTG.aspx 1/31/2021
IDNR Urban Forestry Sub-Grants Periodically, IDNR awards funding to public landowners to conduct urban forestry practices. This includes inventories, planting, management plans and ordinances No funding announced for 2020 yet. TBD
Brownfields Financial Help IEPA offers no or low interest loans to clean up brownfields sites that have already been assessed for contamination. https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/cleanup-programs/brownfields/Pages/financial-help.aspx Check the website for updates
Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants IEPA offers funding to demonstrate green infrastructure best management practices to control stormwater runoff for water quality protection in Illinois. https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/grants-loans/water-financial-assistance/Pages/igig.aspx Check the website for updates
Non-point Source Pollution Grants IEPA provides opportunities to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/watershed-management/nonpoint-sources/Pages/grants.aspx 8/1/2020
Lake Education Assistance Program IEPA has funding to assist education programs for school children whether they attend public or private schools, and for grades from kindergarten through graduate school. Funds are also available to not-for-profit organizations, such as lake associations, scouting groups, parks, and communities. https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/surface-water/Pages/leap.aspx September 30 – January 31
Streambank Clean Up and Lake Shore Enhancement IEPA provides funds to assist groups that have established a recurring stream or lakeshore cleanup https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/surface-water/scale/Pages/default.aspx Check the website for updates
Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program In order to be eligible for enhancement funding, a project must be located on public property and must demonstrate a relationship to surface transportation. The enhancement projects must enhance the transportation system either by serving a transportation need or providing a transportation use or benefit. Activities are not eligible if they are routine maintenance projects http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/ITEP Late summer early fall
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Support to local governments, non-profit agencies, the region’s transit service boards, and other organizations looking to plan and implement projects that will benefit the community and the region as a whole. https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs/lta Typically in the fall
Illinois Forestry Development Council The IFDC periodically has small grants available for projects that support forestry practices and improvement of forests in the State of Illinois. http://ifdc.nres.illinois.edu/ Typically in late fall or early winter
TREE Fund -Research Grants The TREE Fund provides a wide range of research grants on forestry and arboriculture. https://treefund.org/researchgrants Dependent on the specific grant
TREE Fund – Education Grants The TREE Fund provides a wide range of grants to fund forestry related education programs. https://treefund.org/educationgrants Dependent on the specific grant
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program Provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. States are selected to participate. https://www.fws.gov/coastal/coastalgrants/ TBD
National Wildlife Federation Sacred Grounds Houses of worship are required to conduct outreach within their own congregation and into surrounding communities through workshops, garden tours, native plant sales, and other forms of education. These efforts contribute to the development of networks of faith communities and community partners working together to build healthy habitats and communities. https://www.nwf.org/sacredgrounds Ongoing