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Local Government Snowmobile Program

NOTE:  Grant Applications open on April 19th, 2021 and close on June 1st, 2021.
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.

Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR by June 1 of each calendar year. Grants are competitively awarded and typically announced by early fall of each year.
he Trails 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.
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2021 Applciation Materials: 
2021 SNOW Manual (.pdf, updated 4/12/2021)

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