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1 Illinois Department of Natural Resources IDNR Community Grant Opportunities Nancy Williamson, Ecosystem Administrator Conservation 2000 IDNR Community Grant Opportunities Nancy Williamson, Ecosystem Administrator Conservation 2000

2 Conservation 2000 Ecosystems Program IDNR Recreation Grants-in Aid IDNR Recreation Grants-in Aid

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4 Conservation 2000 The purpose of the Ecosystems Program is to integrate the interests and participation of local communities and private, public and corporate landowners to enhance and protect watersheds through ecosystem-based management. The purpose of the Ecosystems Program is to integrate the interests and participation of local communities and private, public and corporate landowners to enhance and protect watersheds through ecosystem-based management.

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7 Conservation 2000  Conservation Easement/Acquisition  Habitat Restoration  Planning  Research  Outreach/Education  Resource Economics  Conservation Easement/Acquisition  Habitat Restoration  Planning  Research  Outreach/Education  Resource Economics

8 Conservation 2000 Guidance to Developing Project Grants Guidance to Developing Project Grants

9 PRIORITIES: 1) High Quality Natural Areas: Acquire/protect 2) Minimum Functional Habitat Areas: Acquire/restore 3) Buffer Sensitive Areas: Create/protect/restore 4) Connect Habitat Areas 5) Ecosystem-Based Best Management Practices 6) Restore/Naturalize Hydrologic Functions 7) Complementary Educational Strategies 8) Research & Monitoring Integration 9) Local, State, Federal Program Integration PRIORITIES: 1) High Quality Natural Areas: Acquire/protect 2) Minimum Functional Habitat Areas: Acquire/restore 3) Buffer Sensitive Areas: Create/protect/restore 4) Connect Habitat Areas 5) Ecosystem-Based Best Management Practices 6) Restore/Naturalize Hydrologic Functions 7) Complementary Educational Strategies 8) Research & Monitoring Integration 9) Local, State, Federal Program Integration Conservation 2000 Partners for Conservation

10 Conservation 2000  Online Application due last day of February 5pm  No set Match requirement – show commitment in line with ability show commitment in line with ability  Typical Acquisition $150K - $400K  Typical restoration $35K - $125K  Recommend applicants go thru Associated Ecosystem Partnership Process  Online Application due last day of February 5pm  No set Match requirement – show commitment in line with ability show commitment in line with ability  Typical Acquisition $150K - $400K  Typical restoration $35K - $125K  Recommend applicants go thru Associated Ecosystem Partnership Process 

11 Competitive C2000 projects are:  Targeted to native restoration  Linked to other areas of biological significance  Shows partnering and cooperation with other local agencies/entities  Participates with the local Ecosystem partnership  Has a well thought-out plan and the ability to sustain long term.  Targeted to native restoration  Linked to other areas of biological significance  Shows partnering and cooperation with other local agencies/entities  Participates with the local Ecosystem partnership  Has a well thought-out plan and the ability to sustain long term. 

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14 IDNR Recreation Grants-in Aid  Open Space Lands Acquisition & Development (OSLAD)  Federal LWCF Grants  Bicycle Path Grants  Boat Access Area Development  Public Museum Grants  Recreational Trails Program  Local Government Snowmobile Grants  Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund  Open Space Lands Acquisition & Development (OSLAD)  Federal LWCF Grants  Bicycle Path Grants  Boat Access Area Development  Public Museum Grants  Recreational Trails Program  Local Government Snowmobile Grants  Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund

15 Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD) Grant Up to 50% reimbursement - acquisition and development of lands for public parks & open space Eligible applicants: units of local government, Park District, FPD, Conservation Districts, Municipalities, Townships & County Governments Maximum acquisition grant = $750,000 Maximum development grant = $400,000 Last several years, $20 million available for OSLAD grant funding Up to 50% reimbursement - acquisition and development of lands for public parks & open space Eligible applicants: units of local government, Park District, FPD, Conservation Districts, Municipalities, Townships & County Governments Maximum acquisition grant = $750,000 Maximum development grant = $400,000 Last several years, $20 million available for OSLAD grant funding

16 Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD) Grant Annual application cycle: May 1- July 1 (July 3, 12:00pm first business day of 2006) Agencies are limited to a maximum of 1 acquisition & 1 development grant application annually Grants announcement date ranges from November to April Annual application cycle: May 1- July 1 (July 3, 12:00pm first business day of 2006) Agencies are limited to a maximum of 1 acquisition & 1 development grant application annually Grants announcement date ranges from November to April

17 Current OSLAD Priority Projects include: Protection or enhancement of: significant natural areas threatened and endangered species habitat significant wildlife areas natural wetland areas Promoting conservation education opportunities Protection or enhancement of: significant natural areas threatened and endangered species habitat significant wildlife areas natural wetland areas Promoting conservation education opportunities

18 Current OSLAD Priority Projects Include: Promoting recreational use of surface waters Protection or recreational use of linear greenways Interagency cooperation in providing and/or effectively utilizing local recreation resources Enhancing recreational opportunities for minority and less affluent populations or adaptive reuse of inner urban properties for open space and park purposes Promoting recreational use of surface waters Protection or recreational use of linear greenways Interagency cooperation in providing and/or effectively utilizing local recreation resources Enhancing recreational opportunities for minority and less affluent populations or adaptive reuse of inner urban properties for open space and park purposes

19 Current OSLAD Priority Projects include: Priorities for OSLAD acquisition: to local agencies with less acreage than the statewide median Priorities for OSLAD development: to local agencies where a deficiency of proposed recreation facilities exists. Priorities for OSLAD acquisition: to local agencies with less acreage than the statewide median Priorities for OSLAD development: to local agencies where a deficiency of proposed recreation facilities exists.

20 Eligible OSLAD Projects may include: Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural areas Picnic and playground facilities Outdoor interpretive facilities Sports courts and playfields Swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural areas Picnic and playground facilities Outdoor interpretive facilities Sports courts and playfields Swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses

21 Eligible OSLAD Projects may include: Campgrounds and fishing piers Winter sports facilities Park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms Campgrounds and fishing piers Winter sports facilities Park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms

22 OSLAD Application Evaluation Criteria: A project consistent with a master parks & recreation plan or strategic or capital plan Documentation of public involvement in the project’s planning Diverse facilities of “high need” An accurate & detailed site development plan Low site infrastructure costs Proposed facilities that are accessible to the disabled A project consistent with a master parks & recreation plan or strategic or capital plan Documentation of public involvement in the project’s planning Diverse facilities of “high need” An accurate & detailed site development plan Low site infrastructure costs Proposed facilities that are accessible to the disabled

23 LWCF Grant (LAWCON) Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant Program Grant Application deadline of July 1 (same as OSLAD with the same application) This program is federally-funded (OSLAD is state-funded) Up to 50% Grant funding for Acquisition of Lands for Public Parks & Open Space Maximum grant award is $ 750, Funding level uncertain year to year Grant Application deadline of July 1 (same as OSLAD with the same application) This program is federally-funded (OSLAD is state-funded) Up to 50% Grant funding for Acquisition of Lands for Public Parks & Open Space Maximum grant award is $ 750, Funding level uncertain year to year

24 Bike Path Grant Program Up to 50% reimbursement for the acquisition and development of bicycle paths Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government, (Park Districts, Conservation Districts, Forest Preserve Districts, Municipalities, Township and County Governments, etc.) Maximum acquisition grant = No maximum Maximum development grant = $200,000 For the last couple of years, $2.5 million dollars has been available annually for grants Up to 50% reimbursement for the acquisition and development of bicycle paths Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government, (Park Districts, Conservation Districts, Forest Preserve Districts, Municipalities, Township and County Governments, etc.) Maximum acquisition grant = No maximum Maximum development grant = $200,000 For the last couple of years, $2.5 million dollars has been available annually for grants

25 Bike Path Grant Program Details Annual application cycle: January 1 – March 1 Deadline March 1, 12:00 noon Beginning this year, no limit on the number of applications that an agency may submit each year Paths developed through the program MUST be a minimum of 8 feet wide and CANNOT be circular paths within a park Grants awards are generally announced in the fall Annual application cycle: January 1 – March 1 Deadline March 1, 12:00 noon Beginning this year, no limit on the number of applications that an agency may submit each year Paths developed through the program MUST be a minimum of 8 feet wide and CANNOT be circular paths within a park Grants awards are generally announced in the fall

26 Bike Path Application Evaluation Criteria Project Priorities Population Served (the greater the #, the better) Trail Significance (Statewide – Regional – Local) First Trail in the Service Area Major Expansion to an Existing Trail Important Link to Existing Trails Trail Length (the longer, the better) Local Planning Involved Environmental Factors/Trail Attributes Multiple Trail Users Allowed (equestrians, snowmbls, etc.) Include support facilities (restrooms, parking, shade) Population Served (the greater the #, the better) Trail Significance (Statewide – Regional – Local) First Trail in the Service Area Major Expansion to an Existing Trail Important Link to Existing Trails Trail Length (the longer, the better) Local Planning Involved Environmental Factors/Trail Attributes Multiple Trail Users Allowed (equestrians, snowmbls, etc.) Include support facilities (restrooms, parking, shade)

27 Eligible Development Projects May Include: Bike Path Construction or Renovation, Clearing, Grading, Drainage, and Surfacing Bridging Fencing Regulatory/Informational Signs Restroom Buildings, Drinking Fountains, Parking Areas Bike Path Construction or Renovation, Clearing, Grading, Drainage, and Surfacing Bridging Fencing Regulatory/Informational Signs Restroom Buildings, Drinking Fountains, Parking Areas

28 Boat Access Grant Program Details 100% reimbursement for development of boat/canoe launches & associated facilities (entrance road, parking, restroom facilities, etc.) 90% reimbursement for acquisition of land to be developed for a boat/canoe launch Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government 100% reimbursement for development of boat/canoe launches & associated facilities (entrance road, parking, restroom facilities, etc.) 90% reimbursement for acquisition of land to be developed for a boat/canoe launch Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government

29 Boat Access Grant Program Details Maximum boat (motorized) grant = 200,000 Maximum canoe (non-motorized) grant = 50,000 For the last several years, the Boat Access grant program has had $725,000 available for grants Maximum boat (motorized) grant = 200,000 Maximum canoe (non-motorized) grant = 50,000 For the last several years, the Boat Access grant program has had $725,000 available for grants

30 Current Boat Access Priority Projects include: Development of new launches Projects that create or improve a water trail Projects located in counties with high numbers of registered watercraft Sites that have high projected facility use Projects that have documented public planning and citizen input Suitable location Project sponsor financial cooperation Project sponsor’s ability to maintain the site No facility user fees Development of new launches Projects that create or improve a water trail Projects located in counties with high numbers of registered watercraft Sites that have high projected facility use Projects that have documented public planning and citizen input Suitable location Project sponsor financial cooperation Project sponsor’s ability to maintain the site No facility user fees

31 List of Publications Guidance to Developing (C2000) Project Grants Guidance to Developing (C2000) Project Grants Outdoor Recreation Facilities Guide Playground Planning Guide Community Park and Recreation Planning Guide Boating and Canoe Access Development Guide Guidance to Developing (C2000) Project Grants Guidance to Developing (C2000) Project Grants Outdoor Recreation Facilities Guide Playground Planning Guide Community Park and Recreation Planning Guide Boating and Canoe Access Development Guide

32 Grant application information/forms Go to Click on “Grant Info” left hand side Click on “Recreational Grants-in-Aid Programs” or C2000 grants program Go to Click on “Grant Info” left hand side Click on “Recreational Grants-in-Aid Programs” or C2000 grants program

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34 Grants for Public Outdoor Recreation & Facilities The Office of Architecture, Engineering & Grants, Division of Grant Administration Greg Akers Grants for Public Outdoor Recreation & Facilities The Office of Architecture, Engineering & Grants, Division of Grant Administration Greg Akers Conservation 2000 Ecosystem Program Nancy Williamson x2051 Conservation 2000 Ecosystem Program Nancy Williamson x2051


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