Local Government and Non-Profit Grant Opportunities

Public Spaces:
Every Day Capacity Building Grants
With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state, and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from Friends Groups, nonprofit organizations whose missions focus on serving our nation's public land sites, and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. These nonprofit organizations are sometimes referred to as Cooperating Associations, or simply as partners. While dedicated and passionate, Friends Groups are often underfunded and understaffed. This grant seeks to strengthen these Friends Groups organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands by funding projects that build the organizational capacity of Friends Groups. Funding source is the National Environmental Education Foundation.

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Award Amount: $5,000 maximum

Application Deadlines in 2018: July 17, November 5

Land and Water Conservation Fund
The "Land and Water Conservation Fund" (LWCF) program provides up to 50% funding assistance to eligible units of local government for approved land acquisition for public outdoor recreation purposes. The LWCF acquisition program is a reimbursement program based on the IDNR approved market value of a property. The local agency must still possess the ability to finance the cost of an approved land acquisition project prior to receipt of grant reimbursement funds. Grants are federally funded but administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Award Amount: Up to $750,000; 50% match.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

Public Safety, Public Spaces:
Right Tree, Right Price
Ameren Illinois works with municipal leaders to identify trees growing near power lines which may be better suited for removal rather than continual trimming. This grant program provides municipalities with funds to replace removed trees or promote the core standards of the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA Program: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

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Award Amount: $125 per tree, with a maximum of $2,500 per year

Application Deadline: Ongoing; no deadline

Recover, Replant, Restore!
Trees Forever helps communities recover from natural disasters. The Illinois Urban Forest Strike Team is a group of specially-trained arborists and foresters volunteering their time to help communities affected by disasters. These professionals spend time in the community performing "rapid tree assessments" on public trees or certain privately-owned trees that pose a threat to people or property on public land. After the Strike Team has finished collecting information about damaged trees on public property, IDNR will analyze the data and create a report for the city prioritizing trees for removal or special care.

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Award Amount: in-kind donations of expertise

Application Deadline: Ongoing; no deadline

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