Local Government Snowmobile Program

The state-funded Snowmobile Grant Program for local governments is financed from the registration fees of snowmobiles and provides up to 50% reimbursement of approved facility development/rehabilitation costs and 90% of approved trail corridor land acquisition costs for public snowmobile trails and areas in the state. This program is available to any unit of local government located in a region of Illinois with sufficient snow cover and having statutory authority to acquire and develop lands for public park and recreation purposes.

This grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for further instructions. 

Examples of eligible project costs include:
  • Land acquisition for snowmobile areas / trail corridors
  • Snowmobile trail construction and signage
  • Trail grooming equipment
  • Parking areas, security lighting, restroom facilities, and warming shelters
  • Snowmobiles and communication equipment for local agency patrol use.


All 2023 applications must be submitted in the AmpliFund Grant Management System by 5:00 pm on 3/20/2023.

2023 SNOW Manual

Previous Manuals:
2021 SNOW Manual