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Boat Access Area Development Program

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The Boat Access Area Development Grant Program will begin accepting grant applications August 3, 2020. New application documentation is posted below.

The Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary A/E services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois' lakes and rivers. The program provides up to 100% of approved project construction costs and 90% of approved land acquisition costs. Grant awards are limited to a $200,000 annual maximum per project.

Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR between the dates posted on the Notice of Funding Opportunity each fiscal year in which the program is active. Grant awards are typically announced the following spring. Revenue for this state funded program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat/canoe registration fees.

Examples of eligible project activities include:

  • Water frontage land acquisition for public access areas; and
  • New construction or renovation of
    • Boat/canoe launching ramps and courtesy docks;
    • Restrooms and security lighting;
    • Parking areas, access roads and walkways; and
    • Other boating related facilities deemed appropriate by IDNR.


Documentation for Prior Years

IMPORTANT: ALL applicants must be registered with GATA prior to the application deadline date. For more information on this process, please look here.