Planning for Land Acquisition

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Collaborative Planning in Nature Conservation

GrantWatch ID#: 151297
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for collaborative initiatives in conservation planning. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Consideration will be given to public and private collaborations that identify important wildlife habitat and natural areas and develop shared priorities among land conservation partners to help protect them.

Planning projects often result in future applications to the Foundation’s Land Acquisition grant program. Successful project teams include work to connect with other funding sources and supporters during the planning project.


-Identify and map acquisition priorities and divide responsibilities among land protection partners within a specific region of the state
-Develop strategies for achieving specific land acquisition objectives as part of a larger resource improvement effort (i.e. watershed improvement plans)


-Develop brand new plans or plans that otherwise identify conservation priorities in areas of the state where such collaborative maps and related planning activities do not currently exist
-Involve users who are committed to taking action as a result of the plan
-Proposal budget and work plan demonstrates collaboration
-Designed to lead directly to on-the-ground transactions to acquire and protect key natural areas in near future as opposed to being several steps removed from specific results

Individual organizations serve as the grant applicant/recipient but the projects are carried out by a team of organizations, often involving both public agencies and private conservation groups.

ALL applicants (nonprofits and local government agencies) are required to provide a Federal Employer Tax ID/Employer Tax ID Number (FEIN/EIN).

The majority of grantees under this program are 501(c)(3) organizations. If you are from a local government agency or a college or university and you have an idea for a planning project that would lead to the increased acquisition and protection of Illinois native wildlife habitat, please call the Foundation before submitting an application.

Eligible applicants should contact the Foundation before applying to describe the project goals and funding needs.

Rarely will the Foundation award a grant to cover the full cost of the work proposed.

Applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal and/or awarded a grant at a lower amount than requested.

-January 19, 2017
-August 29, 2017

Applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision on grant requests approximately three months after receipt of applications.

You may find the following links and documents useful during the application process:

Illinois Natural Areas Inventory:

Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

Illinois State Wildlife Action Plan

Land Trust Alliance

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
2 N. LaSalle, Suite 1140
Chicago, IL 60602

P: (312) 372-5191
F: (312) 372-5190

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