As a service to member governments, Bi-State Regional Commission staff are available to prepare grant applications as requested. Staff members have experience in writing applications for infrastructure including public facilities (e.g. water and sewer), public safety, transportation, recreation and open space, housing rehabilitation, and economic development projects. Depending upon the funding program and application process, staff assistance may require a separate contract.

Staff also offers assistance in conducting household surveys as needed for applications, particularly for competitive state programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which require documentation of benefit to at least 51% low-and moderate-income persons to establish eligibility. Income survey contracts should be scheduled well in advance of application deadlines. These grant programs include the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) in Illinois administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in Iowa administered by the Department of Economic Development (IDED).

Bi-State staff can also be contracted to administer and manage grants for any type of awarded project, maintaining compliance with all applicable state and federal guidelines and requirements.

Grant List
Note: Grants and Funding Resources listed are for Informational Purposes Only
Bi-State Regional Commission will not be held responsible for regulatory or funding changes, which may occur to individual grant programs. Please contact our Planning Department for information regarding funding opportunities listed on this site.

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Development

Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Economic Development Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us
The grant to the community may be used by the community to finance public facilities and improvements in support of an economic development project or to loan to for-profit or not-for-profit firms to carry out economic activities. Recaptured loan payments can be retained by the community for an economic development revolving loan fund.
$750,000
Anytime
Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Housing Rehabilitation
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
May be used to finance rehabilitation of residential buildings, including improvements for energy efficiency. In conjunction with rehabilitation activities, CDAP funds may be used to finance acquisition, disposition, clearance and relocation to arrest decline of an area.
$350,000
November 14th, 2006
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Community Facilities and Services Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
The Community Facilities and Services Fund provides grants to communities for a variety of projects and activities primarily benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, including day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services. Approximately $5 million in federal CDBG funds is available through an annual competition. Preapplications are usually due in August, invited full applications are normally due in December and award decisions are normally announced in February.
Populations >1,000
$300,000

1,000-2,499
$500,000

2,500-14,999
$600,000

15,000-49,999
$800,000
November 15th, 2006
Community Development Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
The Community Development Fund (CDF) provides financial and technical assistance to Iowa communities developing creative and innovative projects that meet "deliverable" standards. Projects and activities which relate to the "Iowa 2010 Plan," completed by the Governor's Strategic Planning Council in 2000 (www.iowa2010.com), will be the best "fit" for CDF grants.
$50,000
N/A
Community Economic Betterment Account (CEBA)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
The CEBA program provides economic development investments to companies that will provide returns to the State in the form of quality jobs and general fund income tax revenue, as well as future revenues from loan and royalty repayments. This program supports large and small business ventures that demonstrate several qualities: additional funding sources, business plan strength, future growth, return on investment, local support, and a comprehensive economic plan.
N/A
N/A
Local Housing Assistance Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
The IA DED will provide grant/loan funds for several housing projects through the Local Housing Assistance Program. This program should be utilized as supplementary funding rather than primary funding for projects.
$500,000
 November 29th, 2006
Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Supplement (MARS)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us
May be used to finance rehabilitation of residential buildings, including improvements for energy efficiency. In conjunction with rehabilitation activities, CDAP funds may be used to finance acquisition, disposition, clearance and relocation to arrest decline of an area.
$100,000
N/A
Rail Economic Development Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To promote development in Iowa through maintaining or providing rail service to companies that create or retain jobs. Eligible: Iowa cities/counties. Grants or loans up to 80% of eligible costs. Eligible projects must represent an immediate need related to job creation or retention.
$100,000
Anytime
Revitalization Assistance for Community Improvement (RACI)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
http://www.state.ia.us/government/ided/crd/raci
Applications for the Revitalization Assistance for Community Improvement grant may be downloaded from the website. Communities with less than 30,000 residents are eligible to apply. For more information, contact Jean Carlson-Johnson at (515) 242-4791.
$250,000
Suspended for
2002
Check after
January, 2003
Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To promote economic development in Iowa through construction or improvement of roads and streets. Eligible: Iowa cities/counties. Immediate Opportunity: projects related to an immediate, non-speculative opportunity for permanent job creation or retention. Jobs created are to be value-adding in nature (i.e. manufacturing, industrial, non-retail), and relocation of jobs within the state does not quality. Local match of at least 20%. Local Development: projects which support local development, but do not require an immediate commitment of funds or do not meet threshold set for Immediate Opportunity projects (i.e. industrial parks, tourist attractions); and evaluated on 5 factors of development potential, economic impact, local commitment and initiative, transportation need and area economic need.
$500,000
Immediate Opportunity: Anytime

Local Development: February 1 and September 1

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Housing

Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Housing Rehabilitation
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
May be used to finance rehabilitation of residential buildings, including improvements for energy efficiency. In conjunction with rehabilitation activities, CDAP funds may be used to finance acquisition, disposition, clearance and relocation to arrest decline of an area.
$350,000
November 14th, 2006
Community Development Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
This new grant by the IDED will mirror the IDED's Rural Community Planning and Development Fund with slight changes. This grant will apply to projects in the categories of Telecommunications, Growth Management, Housing, Business, Community Services, and Workforce. The minimum required match is 50%. Pre-applications can be downloaded from website and for more information: Sue Lambertz (515) 242-4922.
$50,000
November 29th, 2006
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Office of Housing and Urban Development
http://www.hud.gov/adm/grants/nofa/grplead.html
The HUD office is sponsoring a grant to control lead-based paint usage in privately owned housing in partnership with community-based organizations. In particular, this grant examines health threats for the maximal number of low-income families with children under six for the longest period of time and techniques that are cost-effective, efficient, and replicable. A total of $59 million is available for 20-25 awards.
N/A
Varies
Local Housing Assistance Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/community/cdbg/
The IA DED will provide grant/loan funds for several housing projects through the Local Housing Assistance Program. This program should be utilized as supplementary funding rather than primary funding for projects.
N/A
July
Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Supplement (MARS)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us
May be used to finance rehabilitation of residential buildings, including improvements for energy efficiency. In conjunction with rehabilitation activities, CDAP funds may be used to finance acquisition, disposition, clearance and relocation to arrest decline of an area.
$100,000
N/A
Rural Community Development Initiative
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
United States Department of Agriculture)
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/rcdi/index.htm
This grant, funded by the USDA, will be applied to develop housing projects to improve housing and community facilities in rural areas. Qualified private and public intermediary organizations are eligible if their award can be matched by non-Federal dollars. To apply, contact: Mr. Barry Ramsey USDA Rural Development, IL State Office, Illini Plaza Suite 103, 1817 S Neil Street, Champaign IL 61820.
$Fund Matching
N/A

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Planning

Planning Assistance and Engineering Design (CDAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
Planning Assistance grants may be used for a variety of planning activities which are construction-oriented and focus on the needs of low-to-moderate income persons in the community. Eligible planning activities include: studies, data gathering analyses, preparation of specific plans, and identification of implementing actions. Planning projects which address problems of a health and safety nature, such as water and sewer problems, are a funding priority under this component.
Planning Assistance $15,000

Engineering Design
$150,000
May 15th, 2007

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Public Facilities

Assistance to Firefighter's Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers this grant to salaried and volunteer fire departments to supplement their budget in up to two of six areas: training, wellness/fitness, vehicles, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs. Cities under 50,000 people need to also provide 10% non-Federal funds while cities above 50,000 need to provide 30% non-Federal funds.
$750,000
May
Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Emergency Public Facilities Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
Eligible activities are identical to those in the Competitive Public Facilities component but which are of an urgent nature and have occurred outside the normal funding cycle. This funding is generally reserved for emergencies caused by natural events, such as flood, tornado, extreme weather. Emergencies attributable to a lack of maintenance are not considered eligible. Application must have pre-approval of CDAP direct Jean Thomas. All other CDAP requirements, including low-to-moderate income threshold, still have to be met.
$100,000
Anytime
Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Public Facilities/Design Engineering Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
Eligible activities include acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of public facilities and improvements. Project areas must be primarily residential in character and meet household income guidelines. Priority given to water and sanitary projects with storm sewer projects a lower priority. Grants are generally awarded in February or March following application. Eligible design engineering activities are final design engineering of large-scale projects for new or expanding water or sewer systems. (Maximum grant $100,000).
Public Facilities $350,000

Design Engineering $150,000
February 20th, 2007
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Public Facilities (water/sewer)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/
Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are available to cities and counties on an annual competitive basis through the Water/Sewer Fund. Assisted activities include sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facilities, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements, and rural water connections. Preapplications are normally due in August, invited full applications are normally due in December and award decisions are announced in March.
Populations >1,000
$300,000

1,000-2,499
$500,000

2,500-14,999
$600,000

15,000-49,999
$800,000
November 15th, 2006
Community Development Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.state.ia.us/ided/crd/downloads.html
This new grant by the IDED will mirror the IDED's Rural Community Planning and Development Fund with slight changes. This grant will apply to projects in the categories of Telecommunications, Growth Management, Housing, Business, Community Services, and Workforce. The minimum required match is 50%. Pre-applications can be downloaded from website and for more information: Sue Lambertz (515) 242-4922.
$50,000
N/A
Volunteer Fire Assistance
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
USDA and State Forest Services
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/planning/help/
In an effort to help communities meet and expand their fire suppression responsibilities, the USDA and state forest services are offering this grant to rural (less than 10,000 pop.) fire departments desiring to seek assistance for equipment, property acquisition, or supplies. To apply, contact Mr. Stewart Pequignot Division of Forest Resources, 524 S. Second St. PO Box 19225, Springfield IL 52794-9225.
$150,000
 

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Public Safety

Assistance to Firefighter's Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers this grant to salaried and volunteer fire departments to supplement their budget in up to two of six areas: training, wellness/fitness, vehicles, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs. Cities under 50,000 people need to also provide 10% non-Federal funds while cities above 50,000 need to provide 30% non-Federal funds.
$750,000
May
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Bureau of Justice Administration
http://vests.ojp.gov
In order to defer the costs of acquiring bulletproof vests, the Bureau of Justice Administration is promoting this grant for law enforcement agencies with a demonstrated need of vests to outfit every officer in jurisdictions. On-line application is required at the website listed above to receive a match of 50% purchasing costs, including shipping and handling. More information can be seen at http://www.nlectc.org/pdffiles/selectapp.pdf
N/A
April/August
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
http://www.state.ia.us/ided/
IA DED will be funding the CDBG program to provide funds for several infrastructure (water and sewer projects) and non-infrastructure projects like group homes, homeless projects, migrant projects, childcare centers, primary health, and mental health centers.
$50% of
purchasing costs
August
Pre-Application
Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Universal Hiring Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
http://www.usdoj.gov/cops
The Department of Justice, COPS office will provide grants to hire/rehire officers in order to increase police presence and public safety within local communities. These year-long grants can pay for up to 75% of the officer's salary while a local match of at least 25% is also required.
$75,000
per officer
Spring 2002
Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Making Officer Redeployment Effective
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us
The Department of Justice, COPS office will provide grants to fund technology, equipment, and the support resources (such as civilian personnel) that will allow officers to spend more time engaged in community policing activities. Applicants must show this year-long grant request will result in direct time savings or effective officer redeployment. Grants will cover up to 75% of requested funds while the remaining 25% comes from a local match.
$100,000
April
COPS in Schools Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
http://www.usdoj.gov/cops
The Department of Justice COPS office is sponsoring this program to hire additional law enforcement officers to work in schools as School Liaison Officers. Grants will be made for up to $125,000 for salaries/benefits of each new officer over a period of three years.
$400,000
May/June
Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Emergency Public Facilities Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/com/cdap/public_facilities/index.html
Eligible activities are identical to those in the Competitive Public Facilities component but which are of an urgent nature and have occurred outside the normal funding cycle. This funding is generally reserved for emergencies caused by natural events, such as flood, tornado, extreme weather. Emergencies attributable to a lack of maintenance are not considered eligible. Application must have pre-approval of CDAP direct Jean Thomas. All other CDAP requirements, including low-to-moderate income threshold, still have to be met.
$100,000
Anytime
Federal Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program to improve or replace structurally or functionally deficient public roadway bridges. Any agency with public road jurisdiction is eligible although a 20% local match is required (80% federal funding). The specified bridges must be classified as structurally deficient or obsolete according to federal guidelines in order to receive this grant.
$850,000
October
Landowner Grant Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/mines/doglandowner.html
In order to plug abandoned oil wells, the IL DNR is offering grants to landowners with abandoned oil wells. Applications are available on-line and information can be requested from: Mr. Doug Shutt Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas (217)782-3718.
$6,000
Ongoing
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Office of Housing and Urban Development
http://www.hud.gov/adm/grants/nofa/grplead.html
The HUD office is sponsoring a grant to control lead-based paint usage in privately owned housing in partnership with community-based organizations. In particular, this grant examines health threats for the maximal number of low-income families with children under six for the longest period of time and techniques that are cost-effective, efficient, and replicable. A total of $59 million is available for 20-25 awards.
N/A
May
Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program (Drug Control and System Improvement Program)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice
http://www.usdoj.gov
The US DOJ is funding this grant to increase communities' abilities to combat drug abuse and local drug related issues. The emphasis of this program is on reducing availability of drugs, reducing crime, improving effectiveness of the criminal justice system, improving offender habitation, and increasing offender accountability. The grant requires a cash match of 25% and is available for state or local programs (although 40% must pass-through to local governments). 5% must be set aside for criminal justice record improvement.
N/A
N/A
Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice
http://www.usdoj.gov
The US Justice Department is sponsoring a grant to promote local law enforcement through hiring, training, and overtime for law enforcement personnel; enhancing school security measures; enhancing the adjudication of cases involving violent offenders; establishing multi-jurisdictional task forces; and establishing crime prevention programs involving community residents. State and local governments may apply for this grant provided that they have the required 10% matching funds.
N/A
N/A
Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program (LLEBG)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
http://www.icjia.state.il.us
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provides funding for the purchase of law enforcement related equipment in IL communities with populations less than 25,000. Equipment which enhances officer safety has been a top priority in previous grant rounds. Awarded grants are between $5,000 and $20,000, but must be accompanied by a 10% local match. More information is available at 1-888-425-4248.
$20,000
January 1, 2002
Local Housing Assistance Program Demolition Grant
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Economic Housing
In promoting the beautification of Iowa cities, IDED has announced that it will fund a program to reduce the number of dilapidated buildings through demolition and subsequent construction of new housing. For more information, contact Steve at (515) 576-7183-211.
N/A
July
Pedestrian Curb Ramp Construction Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To assist cities in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on primary roads, the Iowa DOT is sponsoring this program to improve/create ADA-approved curb ramps within any Iowa city. Outlined plans must involve a municipal extension of a primary road and the city will match 45% of the cost (55% state funded).
$250,000
per city
per year
Ongoing
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Corrections Program office, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice
http://www.usdoj.gov
The Corrections Program Office is administering a grant to provide for the successful rehabilitation of drug-addicted inmates. Each program must consist of a 6-12 month timeframe, be provided in residential facilities set apart from the general correctional population, focus on substance abuse problems of the inmate, perform drug testing, and develop the inmates's cognitive, behavioral, social, or vocational skills. All levels of state and local governments may apply provided they attain a 25% cash match.
N/A
N/A
STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, US DOJ
http://www.usdoj.gov
The STOP Violence Against Women Act is a grant proposed to increase community protection through the training of law enforcement and prosecutors, developing police prosecution policies, improving data collection/communication systems, developing programs which address stalking, developing victim service programs focusing on rural, racial, cultural, and language minority services. Grant funding should be split into four equal parcels: law enforcement, prosecution, victim services, and discretionary. All levels of government as well as NPO's are open to this grant provided they have up to 30% matching funds.
N/A
N/A
Toxic Cleanup Days Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.state.ia.us/dnr/
In a promotion to clean up toxic materials in homes, the Iowa DNR has offered a program to assist in funding a community Toxic Cleanup Day. This day-long event would allow households to bring in hazardous materials for proper disposal. The local cost share is $0.50 per household for the first two events sponsored by a county and $0.75 for the third or more events (IDNR pays the remaining costs). Additional information is available through Theresa Stiner (515) 281-8646.
N/A
April
Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program (U-STEP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program to improve traffic problems on primary roads in all Iowa cities. Improvements must involve a municipal extension of a primary road and the city must match 45% of the cost (55% state funded). Spot improvements are single locations limited to $200,000 while linear road improvements may span several intersections and receive up to $400,000.
$200,000
or
$400,000
Ongoing
Volunteer Fire Assistance
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
USDA and State Forest Services
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/planning/help/
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program to improve traffic problems on primary roads in all Iowa cities. Improvements must involve a municipal extension of a primary In an effort to help communities meet and expand their fire suppression responsibilities, the USDA and state forest services are offering this grant to rural (less than 10,000 pop.) fire departments desiring to seek assistance for equipment, property acquisition, or supplies. To apply, contact Mr. Stewart Pequignot Division of Forest Resources, 524 S. Second St. PO Box 19225, Springfield IL 52794-9225.
$200,000
or
$400,000
Ongoing
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and USDA
http://dnr.state.il.us
The IL DNR received $161,000 from the USDA in order to promote rural (less than 10,000 pop.) fire protection. These grants will be awarded on a 50-50 basis between the DNR and local fire department. This grant may be applied towards purchase of dry hydrants, mutual aid agreements, communications equipment, agencies working with the Rural Development Office, and conversion of federal excess trucks into attack or support vehicles.
$7,500
April 9, 2002

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Recreation & Natural Resources (Iowa)

ATV Trail Grants

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/grants/atv.html
The DNR ATV Trail grants offer funding for the development of public riding areas, trail maintenance, equipment purchases, trail groomers, insurance, and land acquisition. Money is available to public entities (such as county conservation boards, and cities) and incorporated private organizations. 25% local match is required.

N/A
April 1st and October 1

Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Economic Development
www.visioniowa.org/cat.html
The Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT) Program funds community attractions and tourism development activities that enhance the economic impact of tourism. Some trails may meet these criteria.  One-third of the funds available through the CAT program shall be allocated to projects in cities with populations of 10,000 or less, and/or counties that are among the 33 least populated counties in Iowa.  If any portion of these funds has not been awarded by April 1st, the funds shall be available for any community or county in the state. Eligible applicants include a city, county, public organization, or school district in cooperation with a city or county.  (“Public organization” means a not-for-profit economic development or other not-for-profit organization that sponsors or supports community or tourism attractions and activities.)  Any of these entities may co-apply; if a school district applies, they must do so as a co-applicant. 50% local match is required.

N/A
Quarterly
Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Transportation
www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/index.htm
The program is intended to provide and maintain motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trail-related projects.  Public agencies, non-profit organizations and private organizations (and/or individuals) are eligible to sponsor.  Private sponsorship will require a public agency co-sponsor. Minimum 20% local match is required. Trails resulting from successful applications must be maintained as a public facility for a minimum of 20 years.  Must have Iowa DOT recommendation and Iowa Transportation Commission approval. FHWA environmental concurrence is required.  Projects must conform to federal funding.

Set By DOT
October 1
Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP)-Regional
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Planning Alliances (RPA)
www.sysplan.dot.state.ia.us/rpampocontact.htm
Transit capital improvements, Bicycle and Pedestrian facilities and Transportation Planning activities. 20% local match is required.

Varies
Varies
Federal Transportation Enhancements Program-Regional
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Transportation
www.sysplan.dot.state.ia.us/rpampocontact.htm
The Federal Transportation Enhancements Program funds enhancements or preservation activities of transportation related projects.  Trail projects may fall into one of three categories: trails and bikeways, historic preservation, or scenic and natural resources.  A 20% local match is required.

N/A
Varies
Federal Transportation Enhancements Program-Statewide
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Transportation
www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/te/index.htm
The Federal Transportation Enhancements Program funds enhancement or preservation activities of transportation related projects.  Trail projects my fall into one of three categories: trails and bikeways, historic preservation, or scenic and natural resources.  A 30% local match is required.

N/A
October 1
Fish Habitat Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/grants/fish.html
Funding assistance is available to County Conservation Boards for land acquisition and development of fish habitat. Up to 90% of costs may be reimbursed under this program. Land must be under the direct control of the county to be eligible for assistance. This program is unique in that the applications are sent to the County Conservation Board Districts for review and selection of projects.

N/A

Last working day of November

Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program which will assist highway/street, transit, and trail projects so that Iowa can maintain its clean air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. Eligible projects must be on the federal aid system and a city or county may co-sponsor for private organizations. A 20% local match is necessary and the minimal project cost must be over $20,000. Eligible projects must perform one of the following: reduce emissions via traffic flow improvements, reduce vehicle miles of travel, or reduce single occupant vehicle trips.
N/A
October 1
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/grants/landwater.html
The Land and Water Conservation Fund provide 50% grants for acquisition and development of outdoors recreation areas and facilities.  Grants are made to the State of Iowa or its political subdivisions.

N/A
March 15th
Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.state.ia.us/dnr/organiza/reap/
The IA DNR will fund recreation enhancement projects that deal with trails and preserving natural areas from improper land use. Typical projects include trails, arboretums, rest rooms, shelter houses, picnic facilities, museums, parks, preserves, and forests. REAP provides 100% grants to cities and counties for open space protection and passive outdoor recreation.
$50,000
small cities

$300,000
large cities
August 15th
Riverboat Development Authority (RDA)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

www.riverboatauthority.com
RDA provides grants for things such as riverfront development, tourism, economic development, neighborhood development, arts, culture, heritage, education, and human services.

N/A
March 31st & September 30th
Safe Routes to School
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/saferoutes/
Iowa will receive $0.99M (FY06), $1.07M (FY07), $1.32M (FY08), and $1.65M (FY09).  This is a 100 percent federal share – no local funding match required, reimbursement grant. Eligible applicants are state, local and regional agencies, including nonprofits, schools (both public and private), Parent Teacher Associations, etc.  A cost breakdown of 70 to 90 percent for infrastructure projects and 10 to 30 percent for noninfrastructure projects is required.  Efforts in both areas must be demonstrated and Infrastructure projects must be within two miles of a school and on public property or private land with legal public-access easementsPrimary beneficiaries must be K-8 students.  This is a competitive grant program administered by Iowa DOT and award recipients must comply with stringent federal and state funding requirements.

N/A
Set by DOT

Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

www.scottcountyregionalauthority.com
SCRA provides awards for services such as arts, city government, colleges/universities, conservation, county departments, disabilities, fire and rescue, historic preservation, housing, law enforcement, libraries, medical, museums, park and recreation, schools, seniors, social services, veterans, and youth services.

N/A
April 1st & October 1st

Snowmobile Grants

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/grants/atv.html
The DNR Snowmobile Trail grants offer funding for the development of riding areas, trail maintenance, equipment purchases, trail groomers, insurance, and land acquisition. Money is available to public entities (such as county conservation boards, and cities) and incorporated private organizations. 25% local match is required.

N/A
July 30th
State Recreational Trails Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Transportation
www.dot.state.ia.us
The State Recreational Trails Program funds public recreational trails.  The grant requires a 25% local match and the trail must be maintained as a public facility for a minimum of 20 years.  Proposed projects must be part of a statewide, regional, area-wide, or local trail plan. State agencies, counties and are eligible cities and non-profit organizations may sponsor applications.

N/A
January 2nd and July 1st
Vision Iowa
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Economic Development
www.visioniow.org
The Vision Iowa program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa.

$75 million
October 1st
Watchable Wildlife / Forest Legacy Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/forestry/aonr3.html
The purpose of the program is to manage wildlife resources and people and to provide sustainable recreational benefits to those who wish to observe, photograph and otherwise enjoy wildlife through activities other than hunting and fishing. This program presents opportunities to enhance the attractiveness of a trail and as a means of increasing public awareness of wildlife.

N/A
N/A
Wildlife Habitat Stamp Fund Replacement
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Wildlife Habitat Promotion with Local Entities Program
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com/grants/wildlife.html
The DNR offers 75% cost-share funding to County Conservation Boards for the acquisition and development of lands for wildlife habitat. Lands must be open to hunting and trapping. Only those compatible activities such as fishing, hiking, nature study, cross-country skiing, etc. will be permitted.

$4,000
Minimum
Last business day in May and November

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Recreation & Natural Resources (Illinois)

AgriFIRST

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Agriculture
http://www.agr.state.il.us/Grants/AgriFIRST/AgriFirst.html
AgriFIRST is the direct result of grassroots input generated from regional Ag Assembly meetings held in 2000. Those meetings brought together leaders in the agriculture community to address the challenges facing Illinois agriculture. Ag Assembly participants recommended the creation of a grant program to provide monies for feasibility studies and technical assistance for value-added projects that raise farmers' share of profits from the processing of raw commodities.

N/A
$25,000

Boat Access Area Development Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newboat2.htm
The program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary A/E services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois’ lakes and rivers.  The program provides up to 100% of approved project construction costs and 90% of approved land acquisition costs.

$200,000
Between July 1st and September 1st

Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newrtp2.htm
This program provides funding assistance for acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of both motorized and non-motorized recreation trails. Examples of eligible project activities include: trail construction and rehabilitation; restoration of areas adjacent to trails damaged by unauthorized trail uses; construction of trail-related support facilities and amenities; and acquisition from willing sellers of trail corridors through easements or fee simple title.  By law, 30% of each states' RTP funding must be earmarked for motorized trail projects, 30% for non-motorized trail projects and the remaining 40% for multi-use (diversified) motorized and non-motorized trails or a combination of either. The RTP program can provide up to 80% federal funding on approved projects and requires a minimum 20% non-federal funding match.

N/A
March 1st

Forest Products Industry Assistance

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/programs.htm
This program provides assistance to forest industries by providing:
Forestry Development Act (FDA): Provides the funding source for a forest landowner cost-share program. This program is funded through the collection of a four (4) percent harvest fee on all timber sales. These funds are only available for the cost-share program and the operations of the Illinois Legislature's Council on forestry Development. The Council gathers and disseminates information on the State's forest resources and industries, and makes recommendations on appropriate forest management practices. Timber, lumber and forest-based herbal product marketing information, forest resource information for potential new forest industries, and recommendations regarding improved operating techniques.

N/A
N/A

Greenways and Trails

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/planning/greenwaybro2.pdf
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers assistance for greenways and trails through the Planning Assistance Program. This program is designed to assist communities, counties and multi-county coalitions with greenway and trail planning. The program is an extension of successful IDNR-assisted greenway and trail planning for northeastern Illinois and downstate metro-areas. The goal of the program is to encourage and facilitate comprehensive, cooperative and coordinated planning to protect high priority greenways and, where appropriate, provide public access to them by developing trails. The applicant must be a public/quasi-public agency that will be involved in implementing plan. The proposal and plan must be developed active, organized broad-based coalition greenway and trail interests and agencies from planning area that will logically be involved development, promotion and implementation plan. The applicant and/or other coalition members demonstrate cost-sharing commitments (either in-kind services) to develop the plan. The proposal must describe methodology that results in prioritized implementation. The proposal must include evidence that most major local governments that will be involved in implementing the plan are supportive of greenway and trail planning.

Open
 

Illinois Bicycle Path Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newbike2.htm
The program was created to assist 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.  Financial assistance up to 50% of approved project costs is available through the program.

$200,000
Between January 1st and March 1st

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/entice/forms/BiodiversityFieldTripGrant.pdf
Teachers may apply to receive funds for natural resources-related field trips within Illinois with their students.

$500
January 31st

Illinois Habitat Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#pheasant
The Illinois Habitat Fund is one of three programs funded through the purchase of a State Habitat Stamp. The Habitat Endowment Act, enacted in 1992, provides long-term funding for the State Pheasant Fund, State Furbearer Fund and the Illinois Habitat Fund. The State Habitat Stamp replaced the existing Pheasant and Furbearer stamps, expanding opportunities for enhancement to all types of habitat. For the Illinois Habitat Fund Grant Program, eligible projects are limited to those seeking to preserve, protect, acquire or manage habitat (all wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, and agricultural lands, natural or altered) in Illinois that have the potential to support populations of wildlife in any or all phases of their life cycles. Eligible recipients are limited to any appropriate not-for-profit organization or government agency that has the expertise, equipment, adequate staff/workforce and permission from the landowner (if applicable) to develop and/or manage habitat.

N/A
N/A

Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/itep.html
The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a reimbursable program that is funded by a 10 percent set aside of the Federal Surface Transportation Program. The ITEP provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. Each state has the flexibility to create a program that best suits its needs, within the limits of federal and state law. Project sponsors may receive up to 80 percent reimbursement for project costs. The remaining 20 percent is the responsibility of the project sponsor. In order to qualify for funding, a project must qualify as one of the 12 eligible activities listed below and it must relate to surface transportation.

N/A
Set by DOT

Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#Illinois%20Wildlife%20Preservation%20Fund
The Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant Program is designed to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of Illinois through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. Management projects are those activities related to stewardship of land and/or water, which are of direct benefit to non-game wildlife, native plants and natural communities. Examples of this type of project include exotic species removal, brush cutting, nest structures, and vegetation management. Site inventory projects are those activities that inventory species, taxa (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, plants, invertebrates, etc.), vegetation, habitats, etc. on an area of land. Education projects are those activities that teach Illinoisans about the natural world around them and hopefully have lasting effects. Examples of this type of project include interpretive trails, trail signs, curricula, displays, workshops, development of ongoing outdoor education activities, instructional packets and materials. (“One time only” projects directed at one small group of students will generally not be funded.)

$2,000
N/A

Lake Education Assistance Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.state.il.us/water/conservation-2000/leap.html
The Lake Education Assistance Program (LEAP) is part of an education initiative offered by the Illinois EPA. Funding is provided through Conservation 2000, a comprehensive multi-year environmental protection program signed into law in 1995.

LEAP funds are available to all 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.
$500
January 1st and September 30th

Local Government Snowmobile Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newsnow2.htm
The state-funded Snowmobile Program for local governments is financed from the registration fees of snowmobiles and provides up to 50% reimbursement of approved facility development/rehabilitation costs and 90% of approved trail corridor land acquisition costs for public snowmobile trails and areas in the state. This program is available to any unit of local government located in a region of Illinois with sufficient snow cover and having statutory authority to acquire and develop lands for public park and recreation purposes.

N/A
May 1

Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#pheasant
The Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund Grant Program is dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl that pass through Illinois during their migrations. Eligible projects are limited to development of waterfowl propagation areas within the Dominion of Canada or the United States that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway, and projects to implement the North American Waterfowl Management Plan for the development of waterfowl areas within the Dominion of Canada or the United States that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway. Eligible recipients are limited to appropriate not-for-profit organizations.

N/A
N/A

Nursery Operations

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/programs.htm
The production and availability of high quality, native plant material is essential for reforestation and habitat restoration efforts. This program provides landowners suitable plant materials, often at no-cost, to meet their land management objectives. Available plant materials range from tree and shrub species to prairie grasses and forbs species. Forest Protection and Health Management: Provides technical and financial assistance to rural fire departments to protect natural resources from wildfires. Assistance is provide through direct technical support; grants for organization, training, and equipment; and placement of fire equipment obtained through the Federal Excess Property Program. The program utilizes the Smokey Bear Fire Program to promote forest fire prevention. In addition, the program provides technical and financial assistance to protect forests against the introduction of exotic insects and diseases, and cooperates with state and federal organizations on long-term monitoring of forest health conditions.

N/A
N/A

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Trails Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/OCD/newohv2.htm
The state provides financial aid to government agencies, not for profit organizations, and individuals to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks and trails that are open and accessible to the public.  Entities other than governmental bodies seeking financial assistance through the grant program must possess minimum liability insurance coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence.  Funding up to 100% of approved project costs is available.

N/A
March 1st

Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) & Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newoslad1.htm
The Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Program is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and open space. The federal Land & Water Conservation Fund program (known as both LWCF and LAWCON) is a similar program with similar objectives. Both programs provide funding assistance up to 50% of approved project costs.

$750,000 for acquisition projects & $400,000 for development/renovation projects
May 1st and July 1st

Rural Forest Landowner Assistance

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/programs.htm
This program provides technical assistance to NIPF landowners to manage their forests for multiple resources. In addition, cost-share assistance is available for landowners to implement forest stewardship practices. This program has been developed to assist and encourage landowners to become good land stewards, achieve land management objectives, and maintain ecological processes. The program produces: clean air and water, sustainable rural forests, sustainable economic development, improved forest health, restored ecological processes, and enhanced wildlife habitat and populations.

N/A
N/A

Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/entice/forms/shagapp06.pdf
Funding requests should focus on items necessary for enhancement and development of wildlife habitat. Projects must emphasize youth involvement and increase the educational value of the site. If the project involves trail development, garden or prairie planting, prairie restoration/construction or similar activity, the applicant must commit resources for the project for at least three years. Plans that include vegetation planting should focus on increasing native biodiversity by planting native species rather than introduced species. Habitat improvement projects may include, but not be limited to, some of the following activities: develop an interpretive trail; design, establish and maintain a schoolyard prairie plot; butterfly garden, wetland, nesting platform or watering station; design and build a bird feeder or feeding station. Schools, nature centers, and youth groups may apply.

$600
October 15th

Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund (STEF)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newstef2.htm
The Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund (STEF) Program provides financial assistance to incorporated, private snowmobile clubs in Illinois. The STEF Program provides reimbursement funding assistance up to 100% of eligible project costs. Funds for the program come from a portion of snowmobile registration fees collected by the state. Grants may be obtained by local snowmobile clubs to develop and maintain additional public trails and facilities in the state. Although grants are made to private clubs, STEF-assisted snowmobile trails and facilities must be open and available for general public use.

N/A
May 1st

State Pheasant Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#pheasant
The State Pheasant Fund Grant Program is dedicated to the conservation of wild pheasants. Eligible projects may include land acquisition, pheasant habitat improvement on public or private land, pheasant research, or education of the public regarding pheasants and pheasant hunting. Eligible recipients are limited to appropriate not-for-profit organizations.

N/A
N/A

State Furbearer Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#pheasant
The State Furbearer Fund Grant Program is dedicated to the conservation of fur-bearing mammals. Eligible projects are limited to those that educate hunters and trappers of fur-bearing mammals within the State and the general public concerning the role that hunting and trapping has upon fur-bearing mammal management; the laws associated with the harvesting of fur-bearing mammals; the techniques used in the hunting and trapping of fur-bearing mammals; the conservation, management, and ecology of fur-bearing mammals; and the promotion of products made from wild fur-bearing mammals. Eligible recipients are limited to appropriate not-for-profit organization, governmental entities, educational institutions, or corporations.

N/A
N/A

State Furbearer Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/Grants/Special%20Funds/FY2006/WildGrant.htm#pheasant
The State Furbearer Fund Grant Program is dedicated to the conservation of fur-bearing mammals. Eligible projects are limited to those that educate hunters and trappers of fur-bearing mammals within the State and the general public concerning the role that hunting and trapping has upon fur-bearing mammal management; the laws associated with the harvesting of fur-bearing mammals; the techniques used in the hunting and trapping of fur-bearing mammals; the conservation, management, and ecology of fur-bearing mammals; and the promotion of products made from wild fur-bearing mammals. Eligible recipients are limited to appropriate not-for-profit organization, governmental entities, educational institutions, or corporations.

N/A
N/A

Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/Urban/grantoppor.htm
The purpose of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant is to provide 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. The urban grant program helps the state provide technical outreach while spurring the local economy though the use of the private sector. The program is set up as a 50/50 cost share reimbursement, with no more than 5% of the total funds available to one unit of government.

$100,000 statewide
N/A

Urban and Community Forestry

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/programs.htm
The program provides technical and financial assistance to the State's 2,000 cities and towns. This program builds a local community's capacity to manage their natural resources. Program goals are accomplished by engaging local citizens in tree planting, care and protection activities, and the development of comprehensive natural resource management plans. The Urban and Community Forestry Program helps achieve community sustainability and enhances the quality of life by improving and maintaining the health of trees and other related natural resources.
The Urban and Community Forestry Program: increases awareness of natural resources, improves environmental quality, creates partnerships to manage community natural resources, and implements long-term natural resource management in the State's cities and towns.

N/A
N/A

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.state.il.us/orc/habitat_resources/forestry/vfa/index.htm
The Division of Forestry provides grants to fire agencies in communities with populations under 10,000. This program authorizes federal funding to prevent and suppress rural fires and enhancing protection capabilities by assisting rural communities with training, equipping, and organizing fire service.

$9,500
N/A

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Recreation & Natural Resources (Nation Wide)

Americorps

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

www.americorps.org/
Americorps is a national volunteer program in which agencies, communities, or non-profit groups can sponsor personnel to assist in a variety of activities. Funds must be used to operate or plan community service programs. Programs could include trail building, environmental education and community restoration work.

N/A
N/A

Community Facilities Loans

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

www.rurdev.usda.gov/
Community Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.  Grants are authorized on a graduated scale.  Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.  Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments.  In addition, applicants must have the legal authority necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility and also be unable to obtain needed funds from commercial sources at reasonable rates and terms.  Community facilities loans fund the construction, enlargement, extension or otherwise improvement of community facilities. Trail benefits could include improved access through utilities extensions.

Varies
Varies

Conservation Alliance

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

www.conservationalliance.com/
The Conservation Alliance was founded to fund grassroots conservation organizations and their efforts to protect rivers, trails, and wild lands for non-motorized recreation. Grants are made annually.

Varies
Varies

Bikes Belong

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Bikes Belong Coalition, Ltd
http://bikesbelong.org/site/index.cfm
Sponsored by members of the American Bicycle Industry - Their goal is putting more people on bikes. They seek to assist local organizations, agencies, and citizens in developing bicycle facilities that will be funded by TEA-21. Local match is required.

$10,000
August 28th, 2006 and November 27th, 2006

Economic Development Administration

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

United States Department of Commerce
www.doc.gov/eda/html/prgtitle.htm
This agency offers grants for public facilities, including port facilities, tourism facilities, planning assistance etc. Public works projects can include trail and other recreational facilities. 50% match is required.

N/A
N/A

The National Trails Endowment

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

American Hiking Society
www.americanhiking.org/alliance/fund.html
The National Trails Endowment was established to provide grants to trail organizations working to establish, protect and maintain America’s foot trails.  Grants will be awarded to trail organizations and other non-profits with a trail-related focus.

N/A
November 1st

 

Wildlife Conservation and Appreciation

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
www.fws.gov/
The Wildlife Conservation and Appreciation program funds initiatives for which the principal purpose is to provide opportunities for the public to use and enjoy fish and wildlife through non-consumptive activities. Uses: Trail Development and Acquisition pertaining to non-game wildlife enjoyment, including trails and waterways.

$250,000 per state
March, July and December

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Transportation (Illinois)

Child Passenger Safety Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
The Child Passenger Safety Program is designed to reduce the death and injury rate of infants and young children by providing safety seats to local agencies for distribution to parents, grandparents and/or guardians. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Corridor Planning Grant Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/corridorplanning/corridor_grant.html
The Department’s Corridor Planning Grant Program is a five-year $15 million grant program for local governments in urbanized areas.  The program will support planning activities that promote the integration of land use, transportation and infrastructure facility planning in transportation corridors in Illinois.  Grant recipients must be a county or municipality within the identified urbanized areas.  The program encourages partnerships, but a county or municipality must be the grantee.

N/A
TBA by DOT
Highway Bridge Program (HBP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/blr/manuals/infocllist.html
Previously known as the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRRP), HBP funds are allocated to counties based upon the deficient square footage of county, township and municipal structures combined.  Requests for local agencies to use HBP funds will be made through the County engineer with the approval of the IDOT District.  Municipalities with 15,000 or greater population will program HBP funds directly through the IDOT District with the allocation coming from county allotment.  State matching assistance is based on 59% federal funding and 41% local match.  This match ratio is variable each year and is generated to result in utilization of the entire state matching assistance amount.

N/A
Contact DOT
Injury Prevention Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
The program is designed to reduce fatalities and injuries sustained in traffic crashes through educational programs. Staff provides educational presentations, coordinate public information campaigns and work with the media to raise public awareness of safe driving laws, use of occupant protection devices, helmets and designated drivers. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Integrated Mini-Grant Enforcement Program (IMAGE)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
This program is designed to obtain motorist compliance with occupant protection, impaired driving, and speed laws through law enforcement agencies conducting increased enforcement and education activities during specific time periods. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Local Alcohol Program (LAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
LAP is designed to produce a significant impact on a local community’s impaired driving problem. Project activities may include local task force formation, DUI enforcement, public information and education, prosecution and adjudication. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Mini-Grant Alcohol Enforcement Program (MAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
MAP is designed to reduce fatal and alcohol related traffic crashes through increased DUI enforcement and education activities during seven designated time periods and an additional one, selected by the applicant. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Rail Freight Program (RFP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/rfp.html
The purpose of the RFP is to provide capital assistance to communities, railroads and shippers to preserve and improve rail freight service in Illinois. The primary role of the program is to facilitate investments in rail service by serving as a link between interested parties and channeling government funds to projects that achieve statewide economic development. IDOT will generally provide low interest loans to finance rail improvements and, in some cases, provide grants. The focus is on projects with the greatest potential for improving access to markets and maintaining transportation cost savings, and where state participation will leverage private investments to foster permanent solutions to rail service problems. A benefit/cost ratio is used to evaluate potential rail freight projects.

N/A

Contact DOT

Speed Enforcement Program (SEP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
SEP is designed to reduced speed related traffic crashes through increased enforcement and educational activities. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis.  Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
State and National Mobilization Mini-grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
These are designed to increase occupant protection usage and to reduce DUI through hire back enforcement. Mini-grant programs provide for participation in special enforcement campaigns such as Click It or Ticket and You Drink & Drive. You Lose.  It operates on a cost reimbursement basis.  Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Surface Transportation Program Rural (STR)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/blr/manuals/infocllist.html
Funds are allocated for downstate counties based on three factors with equal weigh being given to each factor: non-urban area, non-urban population, non-urban mileage.  For FY 2007 $27,760,764 will be allocated with $24,760,017 going to counties in Districts 2-9.  State matching assistance is based on 59% federal funding and 41% local match.  This match ratio is variable each year and is generated to result in utilization of the entire state matching assistance amount.

N/A
Contact DOT
Traffic Law Enforcement Program (TLEP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/grants.html
The program is designed to address traffic safety problems which might be effectively resolved by education and increased traffic enforcement by local police. A two-phase project approach is utilized for the establishment of a TLEP. Phase I provides for the selection of personnel, their training and the upgrade of the local traffic records system to include an accident location file. Phase II is the actual enforcement of the identified high-crash areas and the contributing traffic violations. An additional component is participation in national and state mobilizations. It operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed for approved, documented expenditures.

N/A
May 15th, 2007
Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
www.dot.state.il.us/opp/itep.html
The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a reimbursable program that is funded by a 10 percent set aside of the Federal Surface Transportation Program. The ITEP provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. Each state has the flexibility to create a program that best suits its needs, within the limits of federal and state law. Project sponsors may receive up to 80 percent reimbursement for project costs. The remaining 20 percent is the responsibility of the project sponsor. In order to qualify for funding, a project must qualify as one of the 12 eligible activities and it must relate to surface transportation.   Funding is provided under the current federal transportation legislation, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The program includes transportation-related activities that contribute to the quality of life for communities, promote the quality of our environment and enhance the aesthetics of our roadways.

$2,000,000
TBA by DOT

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Transportation (Iowa)

Federal Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program to improve or replace structurally or functionally deficient public roadway bridges. Any agency with public road jurisdiction is eligible although a 20% local match is required (80% federal funding). The specified bridges must be classified as structurally deficient or obsolete according to federal guidelines in order to receive this grant.
$850,000
October 1st
Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program which will assist highway/street, transit, and trail projects so that Iowa can maintain its clean air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. Eligible projects must be on the federal aid system and a city or county may co-sponsor for private organizations. A 20% local match is necessary and the minimal project cost must be over $20,000. Eligible projects must perform one of the following: reduce emissions via traffic flow improvements, reduce vehicle miles of travel, or reduce single occupant vehicle trips.
N/A
October 1st
Iowa Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
In order to provide local traffic engineering assistance, the Iowa DOT has sponsored this program to analyze intersection conflicts, travel delays, obsolete traffic control devices, parking issues, and school/truck routes to improve traffic safety. All Iowa cities and counties are eligible to apply until funds are exhausted.
$100 hours of
consultant time
Ongoing
Pedestrian Curb Ramp Construction Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To assist cities in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on primary roads, the Iowa DOT is sponsoring this program to improve/create ADA-approved curb ramps within any Iowa city. Outlined plans must involve a municipal extension of a primary road and the city will match 45% of the cost (55% state funded).
$250,000
per city
per year
Ongoing
Rail Economic Development Program (RED)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To promote development in Iowa through maintaining or providing rail service to companies that create or retain jobs. Eligible: Iowa cities/counties. Grants or loans up to 80% of eligible costs. Eligible projects must represent an immediate need related to job creation or retention.
$100,000
Anytime
Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
To promote economic development in Iowa through construction or improvement of roads and streets. Eligible: Iowa cities/counties. Immediate Opportunity: projects related to an immediate, non-speculative opportunity for permanent job creation or retention. Jobs created are to be value-adding in nature (i.e. manufacturing, industrial, non-retail), and relocation of jobs within the state does not quality. Local match of at least 20%. If contingencies are not met by two years after the project is open to traffic, the sponsor may be allowed a single one-year extension.
$500,000
Immediate Opportunity: Anytime

Local Development: February 1 and September 1
Traffic Safety Improvement Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program which provides improvements or studies on all public roads under county, city or state jurisdiction. Eligible projects include improvements at specific traffic sites with an accident history, purchase of new traffic control devices, replacement of obsolete signs/signals, or safety research studies into sign inventory, work zone safety, and accident data.
$500,000
August 1st
Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program (U-STEP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
The Iowa DOT is sponsoring a program to improve traffic problems on primary roads in all Iowa cities. Improvements must involve a municipal extension of a primary road and the city must match 45% of the cost (55% state funded). Spot improvements are single locations limited to $200,000 while linear road improvements may span several intersections and receive up to $400,000.
$200,000
or
$400,000
Ongoing

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