Projects must emphasize student and youth involvement with planning, development, and maintenance and increase the educational and wildlife habitat values of the site. The applicant must be prepared to maintain and commit resources to the project for at least five years.
There are two grant options:
Option One: This option may be used to establish a pollinator garden. This option is helpful for those who are new to native gardening. For additional information, see: https://dnr.illinois.gov/education/grants/grantsshag/shagoptionone.html
Funding requests for Option One grants may only include the following items: plants (not seeds) of the 14 native plant species shown in the application form; and mulch, topsoil, or related soil product.
Option Two: This option is for all other projects. Habitat projects may include, but not be limited to, the following activities: enhance or establish and maintain a schoolyard prairie plot, butterfly garden, rain garden, wetland, native tree arboretum, nesting platform, or watering station; design and build a bird feeder or feeding station; or construct and install bat roosting boxes.
Funding requests should focus on items necessary for the enhancement or development of wildlife habitat, such as native plants, seeds, mulch, and lumber/hardware for constructing nesting/roosting boxes and platforms.
New this year, this grant will pay for the purchase of simple gardening tools such as child- and adult-sized gloves, spades, shovels, rakes, trowels and hoes. Tool costs shall not account for more than 25% of the total project cost.