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Apply now for 3 IDNR grants

Applications will be accepted through March 14 for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced applications will be accepted through March 14 for grants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a reimbursement grant program that provides 80 percent of project funding with a required 20 percent local match.

This grant program is federally funded and is administered by the IDNR in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The funds can be used to assist government agencies and trail groups in the rehabilitation, development, maintenance, and acquisition of recreational trails and related facilities. The trails may be motorized, non-motorized, or multiple use trails.

RTP funds can also be used for environmental protection and safety education projects related to trails.

The primary purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trails Program (OHV) is to provide financial aid to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other eligible groups or individuals to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for OHV parks, trails and trail side facilities that are open and accessible to the public in Illinois, and to restore areas damaged by unauthorized OHV use.

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program (Bike Path) provides financial assistance to eligible local units of government to assist them with the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of public off-road, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities.

Agencies that apply for projects that accommodate additional trail users, such as equestrians, will receive special consideration in the review of grant applications.

Project applications are limited to land acquisition or trail development along a single trail corridor.

To apply and for more information, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov for more information or call the IDNR Grants main line at 217-782-7481.

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