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Habitat Funding

Applications are currently being accepted for Habitat Funding grants​​ through 10/9/2020

What is the Habitat Funding?


The Illinois Habitat Fund portion involved in the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program provides for enhancing game and non-game wildlife habitat. Organized groups of volunteers from appropriate not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities develop projects and submit applications to the Department to help fund their projects. The grants are competitive and are evaluated for their merit.


Applicant Eligibility

  1. Eligible ​recipients are limited to managers of land; and
  2. Eligible projects are limited to those seeking to preserve, protect, acquire or manage habitat in Illinois. 
There are now five grantee pre-award requirements statewide per Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) State Statute 30 ILCS 708/1.  The five pre-award requirements all state grantees must complete are described in more detail. Click Here

Project Evaluation

Click Here for Project Evaluation and Procedures (Refer: Page 7, Section E)

Grant Ranking Criteria

For best results, prospective grantees should make sure their project scope of work addresses or fully describes the project scope of work in view of the ranking criteria. Click Here for Grant Ranking Criteria. 


How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted for Habitat Funding grants​ through 10/9/2020


All applicants must be pre-qualified through the State of Illinois Grantee Portal. Additional information on prequalification is available here


Please READ the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details on this program including scoring criteria and grant program rules and restrictions. Additional documentation including project location maps, price quotes, and a habitat management plan may be required.


Please FILL out below Application Materials (For Reference Only. Applications are NOT currently being accepted)



Grant applications for funding assistance under this program may be SUBMITTED to:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

One Natural Resources Way

Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271

Attention: Office of Grant Management, Susan Duke

Applications can also be emailed to susan.duke@illinois.gov

Contact: If you have any questions or need assistance with a grant application, 

Please contact Susan Duke

Email: susan.duke@illinois.gov

Phone: (217) 785-4416

Note: Applications received after the application deadline, will not be considered. Submission of an incomplete application does not extend the application deadline.

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