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.
Eligible recipients are limited to managers of land; and
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
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
How to Apply
All applicants must be pre-qualified through the State of
Illinois Grantee Portal. Additional information on prequalification is
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)
applications for funding assistance under this program may be SUBMITTED to:
Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Way
Office of Grant Management, Susan Duke
Applications can also be emailed to
Contact: If you have any questions or need assistance with a grant
contact Susan Duke
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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