FY17 Park and Trail Grant Matching Program

Grants to Metro East, Illinois Agencies and Park
Districts to Develop Parks, Trails and Recreation Areas

GrantWatch ID#: 161855
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Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD)

06/30/17 3:00 PM

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Grants to Illinois municipalities, townships, Counties, transportation districts, and park districts, as well as IHEs and nonprofits, in Madison and St. Clair Counties to develop parks, greenways and trails. Funding can also be used for bicycle lanes, nature preserves, and wetlands.

Eligible types of projects include, but are not limited to the following:
- Acquisition of land for, development of, or eligible enhancements to:
- Bicycle lanes, paths, trails and routes (preferably meeting AASHTO standards)
- Parks (active and passive) and Recreation Centers
- Public greenways, greenspace, wildlife areas, nature preserves, and wetlands (active and passive)
- Recreation corridors, e.g. abandoned railways or utility corridors for trails
- Trails (walking, hiking, jogging, biking, equestrian, MTB mountain biking, BMX, water)
- Trailheads (for eligible trail types)


There is no minimum grant request or award. MEPRD FY17 Grants shall not exceed $300,000 each and no project applicant shall receive more than one FY17 Grant award.

Development and acquisition projects must be completed within three (3) years from the date the Project Sponsor receives the notice to proceed from MEPRD. Extensions are at MEPRD’s discretion.

Any government agency having statutory authority to acquire and develop lands for public parks, public trails, and/or public recreation purposes may apply for MEPRD FY17 grant funding. Projects must be physically located within Madison and/or St. Clair Counties in Illinois.

Such agencies include: municipalities, townships, counties, transportation districts, and park districts. In addition, universities and 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply if their project develops lands or improvements for public parks, public trails, and/or public outdoor recreation purposes. Schools and school districts are not eligible applicants.

Project sponsors are limited to one (1) grant award per the MEPRD FY17 Grant Program. Please note multiple submissions of applications within the same fiscal year for continued, adjacent, or contiguous segments of a project are not eligible, even if submitted by multiple project sponsors, i.e. no more than one application request may be submitted per site/parcel/location per round.

Applications for the MEPRD FY17 Park and Trail Grant Matching Program are accepted on an ongoing basis between July 1, 2016 and 3 p.m., June 30, 2017 or until 100% of the FY17 Program Funds are pledged, whichever is sooner. Check MEPRD’s website for the current status and balance of the program funds. Applications must be delivered by UPS, USPS, FedEx or hand delivery. Applications received past this time will not be considered for FY17 funding. No facsimile copies will be accepted.

MEPRD requires the Project Sponsor to partially fund the project monetarily. Project sponsors are required to document all funding sources for a project. MEPRD will fund no more than 25% of the gross project cost, an amount not to exceed $300,000.

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


Metro East Park and Recreation District
Attention: Grant Program Administrator
104 United Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

Madison and St. Clair Counties

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