Pheasant Funding


What is Pheasant Funding Grant?

The Illinois Pheasant Fund portion involved in the Special Funds Grant Program provides for enhancing Pheasant 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 appropriate not-for-profit organizations; and

  2. Eligible projects are limited to projects with the purpose of wild pheasant conservation. The projects may include land acquisition, pheasant habitat improvement on public or private land, pheasant research or education of the public regarding pheasants and pheasant hunting, and 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.

Project Evaluation

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


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.


Applications will only be accepted online thru the Amplifund portal from July 1 thru August 1, 2022. Click here to apply online: Amplifund Application Forms


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

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

Please 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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