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2021 Request For Proposals

The IDNR Coastal Management Program will be accepting pre-applications for federal pass-through grants of $1,000 to $150,000 to protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.  Funding will be available for projects that:

1) Improve the health of the coast and Lake Michigan;

2) enhance coastal public access, recreation, and coastal-dependent economic development;

3) advance coastal community resilience

Virtual Information Session  
Presentation Slides:

Grants information session:  Webex Recording March 16, 2021

Program Details
Grant Period:  18 months, (Fall 2021 through Spring 2023)

Grant Amounts: $1,000 to $150,000

Match:  1:1 non-federal match required for most grants*  

Total Funding Available: Dependent upon federal funding. Past grant rounds have awarded between $550,000 and $975,000 per funding year. 

Eligible Applicants: Units of Local Government, Universities, and 501(c)3 Non-Profits

The pre-application submission deadline is April 14, 2021. 


*Government entities in Economically Challenged Communities require a 1:3 match.  See Funding Guidelines for further details. ​​​

Pre-Application Materials

Deadline April 14, 2021 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Application Packet (.zip)
Funding Guidelines (.pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)


Additional materials:

Letter of Commitment Form for partners (.pdf)
Example pre-application budget (.pdf)​
Pre-application budget excel version (.zip)​



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