FY17 Event Sponsorship Grant Program

Grants to Metro East, Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies
to Support Community Outdoor Recreation Events

GrantWatch ID#: 161857
Agency Type:


Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD)


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Illinois nonprofits and agencies in Madison and St. Clair Counties to support eligible community events that are related to outdoor recreation. The event must promote or make use of local outdoor recreation facilities, public parks, and trails. An event utilizing public streets is also eligible.

MEPRD may provide event sponsorship grants to events that meet the following criteria:
- Events must include some form of outdoor physical activity, e.g. walking, running, biking, hiking, paddling, etc.
- Events must be located entirely within Madison and/or St. Clair Counties in Illinois.
- Events must be open to the public, however entrance/participant fees are permissible.
- No less than 10% of event net proceeds must go towards assisting/funding developments or improvements within any public park or along any public trail, or may go towards assisting/funding public recreational programs; all of which must be completed within Madison or St. Clair Counties in Illinois. Said developments, improvements, or programs must be completed within 9 months after the MEPRD grant funded event. In addition, hosting/funding other special events does not satisfy the requirements set forth in this section.


Grant requests shall not exceed 25% of the total out-of-pocket event cost, an amount not to exceed $2,500 for
public organizations and $1,000 for non-profit organizations defined by IRS Code 501(c)(3).

Grant applications must come from a public agency/department or a nonprofit organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c)(3). Additionally, the applicant must be the Lead Event Host. The Lead Event Host must be figuratively advertised as such at the Event. No more than one Lead Event Host is allowed per application.

MEPRD will not provide event sponsorship grants to events that meet any of the following descriptions:
- Capital expenditures, political/religious programs, picnics, parades, fireworks, entertainment festivals/events,
concerts, memorials, conferences, exhibits, photo contests, fundraising meals, testimonials or similar events.
- Individuals, families, or sports teams (scholarships, stipends, fellowships, personal assistance, sponsorships).
- Events that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Applications for the MEPRD FY17 Event Sponsorship Grant Program will be 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.

Grant applications should be submitted no less than 45 days prior to the event date, but no earlier than nine
months prior to the event date.

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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