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

Additional materials:


Determine whether your project is within the Illinois Coastal Area

Find your legislative and congressional districts

*(information available under 'Vector Layers')

Calculate the value of cost-share match

IWAP Lake Michigan & Coastal Area Campaign