Bi-State Regional Commission

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

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.

Grant List

Illinois DCEO
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Development
Housing
Public Facilities
Public Safety
Recreation & Natural Resources: Illinois | Iowa | Nation Wide#trail
Transportation: Illinois | Iowa

 

Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Economic Development Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/
Grant funds of up to $750,000 may be available for loan by a local government to businesses locating or expanding in the community. Funds may be used for machinery and equipment, working capital, building construction and renovation. Grants may also be available for improvements to public infrastructure in direct support of a business that would create and/or retain jobs in the community.
$750,000
Anytime
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Housing Rehabilitation
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
https://www.illinois.gov/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.
$450,000
TBD
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Community Facilities and Services Fund
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/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. Projects must incorporate and support Iowa’s state sustainable principles.
Populations <1,000
$300,000

1,000-2,500
$500,000

2,500-15,000
$600,000

>15,000
$800,000
January

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Housing
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/CDBG/  
The IEDA will fund owner-occupied rehabilitation for single family homes being used as the principal residence.. Projects must primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons and support Iowa’s sustainable principles. Rehabilitation projects have a maximum per unit subsidy of $37,500, and hard costs are limited to $24,999 of the total maximum subsidy of $37,500.
Varies
 January

 

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
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

Rural Community Development Initiative
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
This program provides funding to help non-profit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. To apply, contact: Mr. Michael Wallace USDA Rural Development, IL State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite A, Champaign IL 61821.
$250,000
N/A

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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 20,000 people need to also provide 5% non-federal funds while cities between 20,000 and 1,000,000 residents need to provide 10% non-Federal funds.
Varies by population size
TBD
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Public Facilities (water/sewer)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/CDBG/
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.
Populations <1,000
$300,000

1,000-2,500
$500,000

2,500-15,000
$600,000

>15,000
$800,000
November
Volunteer Fire Assistance
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
USDA and State Forest Services
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/partners/vfa/
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. Tom Wilson, IL Dept of Natural Resources, 604 E Franklin, Jerseyville, IL 62052.
Varies (average award is $5,000 or less)
 

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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 20,000 people need to also provide 5% non-federal funds while cities between 20,000 and 1,000,000 residents need to provide 10% non-Federal funds.
Varies by population size
TBD
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Bureau of Justice Administration
http://ojp.gov/bvpbasi/home.html
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
Varies
April/August
Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Universal Hiring Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
https://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=46
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.
$125,000
per officer
June

 

Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Emergency Public Facilities Grants
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
https://www.illinois.gov/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. Pre-application must be submitted to CDBG Emergency Public Infrastructure Program, Ridgley Building 2nd Floor, 500 E. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62701. All other CDAP requirements, including low-to-moderate income threshold, still have to be met.
$200,000
Anytime

 

Federal Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/fundguid.htm
Using a set-aside of Surface Transportation funds, this federal program provides for the replacement or rehabilitation of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete 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.
$1,000,000
October

 

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 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

 

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. DOT may pay up to 100% of eligible costs.
$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 state is allocated a base amount of 0.4 percent of total funds available. The remaining funds are divided based on the same ratio of each state’s prison population to the total prison population of all states. 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’ cognitive, behavioral, social, or vocational skills. All levels of state and local governments may apply provided they attain a 25% cash match.
Varies
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. Each state and territory must allocate 25 percent for law enforcement, 25 percent for prosecutors, 30 percent for victim services (of which at least 10 percent must be distributed to culturally specific community-based organizations), 5 percent to state and local courts, and 15 percent for discretionary distribution.
Varies
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 per project
or
$400,000 per project
Ongoing
Volunteer Fire Assistance
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
USDA and State Forest Services
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/partners/vfa/
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. Tom Wilson, IL Dept of Natural Resources, 604 E Franklin, Jerseyville, IL 62052.
Varies (average award is $5,000 or less)
Ongoing

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Recreation & Natural Resources (Iowa)

ATV Trail Grants

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Off-Highway-Vehicles/OHV-Grants
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.

N/A
August 1

Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT)

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Economic Development Authority
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Community/EnhanceIowa

The Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT) Program funds community attractions and tourism development activities that enhance the economic impact of tourism. CAT projects must be available to the general public for public use and be primarily vertical infrastructure (land acquisition and construction, major renovation and major repair of buildings, all appurtenant structures, utilities, site development, and recreational trails). CAT awards average 16-18% of the final negotiated project cost. 50% local match is required.

$1,000,000
January, April, July, and October
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.

80% of eligible costs
October 1
Fish Habitat Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Grants-Other-Funding/Fish-Habitat-Program
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.

Varies

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
http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Grants-Other-Funding/Land-Water-Conservation-Fund
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 15
Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/REAP/REAP-Grants
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 15
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 31 & September 30

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 1 & October 1

Snowmobile Grants

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Snowmobiles/Snowmobile-Grants
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
May 1
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 20% 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 2 and July 1
Watchable Wildlife / Forest Legacy Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Forestry-Landowner-Assistance/Forest-Legacy
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
Continuous
Wildlife Habitat Stamp Fund Replacement
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Wildlife Habitat Promotion with Local Entities Program
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Grants-Other-Funding/Wildlife-Habitat-Grant
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)

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
April 3

Forest Products Industry Assistance

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/grants/Pages/default.aspx
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.

$20,000
Continuous

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/GrantsIBFTG.aspx
Teachers of grades prekindergarten through 12 in Illinois, including home-schooling teachers, may apply to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) through the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program to receive funding for natural resources-related field trips. Funding priority is given to single-day, outdoor field trips.

$500 per teacher
January 31

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.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/ITEP
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
June 17

Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/grants/Pages/IllinoisWildlifepreservationFund.aspx
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.)

Varies
N/A

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
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/Forestry/Documents/IFAssistanceProgram.pdf
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

 

Rural Forest Landowner Assistance

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/Forestry/Documents/IFAssistanceProgram.pdf
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

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

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/AEG/Pages/OpenSpaceLandsAquisitionDevelopment-Grant.aspx
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 (90% for distressed communities).

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

 

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.

$1,000
November 30

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
August 1

Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/Forestry/UrbanForestry/Pages/IDNRUrbanandCommunityForestryGrants.aspx
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 through 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

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Recreation & Natural Resources (Nation Wide)

Americorps

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
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

PeopleForBikes

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

PeopleForBikes Community Grants
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/grant-guidelines
PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes does not require a specific percentage match, but they do look at leverage and funding partnerships very carefully. Grant requests will not be considered if the amount requested amounts to 50% or more of the project budget.

$10,000
April 7

Economic Development Administration

Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

United States Department of Commerce
https://www.eda.gov/
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. Must be a member of the American Hiking Society Alliance.

Varies
Februrary 17

 

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Transportation (Illinois)

 

Injury Prevention Program
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.trafficsafetygrantsillinois.org/Grants_2017.asp
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
March 4

 

Local Alcohol Program (LAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.trafficsafetygrantsillinois.org/Grants_2017.asp
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
March 4
Rail Freight Program (RFP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/rail-freight-loan-program
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

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Surface Transportation Program Rural (STR)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline

Illinois Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.il.us/blr/manuals/infocllist.html
Surface Transportation Block Grant (Rural) funds are reserved for rural projects on any Federal-aid highway (functionally classified as major collector or higher), including NHS, and bridge or safety projects on any public road.

N/A
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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
http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/ITEP
The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is designed to promote and develop alternative transportation options, including bike and pedestrian travel, along with streetscape beautification. The federal funds are awarded competitively, and projects must be related to surface transportation. Eligible applicants include all entities that were eligible to apply for TAP funds. Any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply. In addition, the FAST Act allows nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs to apply. A minimum 20% local match is required, except for Land Acquisition which requires a 50% local match.

$2,000,000
June 17

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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 1
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.
Varies
October 1
Iowa Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP)
Description
Maximum
Amount
Deadline
Iowa Department of Transportation
http://www.iowadot.gov/pol_leg_services/Funding-Guide.pdf
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
Continuous
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. DOT may pay up to 100% of eligible costs.
$250,000
per city
per year
Continuous
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.
Varies
Immediate Opportunity: Continuous

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 15
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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A local, voluntary organization of five counties and 47 municipalities. We serve as a forum for intergovernmental cooperation and delivery of regional programs and to assist member local governments in planning and project development.