Snowmobile Local Government
CSFA Number: 422-11-1163
Agency Name
Department Of Natural Resources (422)
Agency Contact
Ann Fletcher
217 782 7481
Short Description
Provides financial assistance to local governments for acquisition of property for snowmobiling, development of snowmobile trails and equipment related to snowmobiling. Must be open and available for general public use.
Subject Area
Environment and Culture
Program Function
Natural Resources
Enabling Legislation
20 ILCS 805/805-70 625 ILCS 40/9-1 (fund source)
Objectives and Goals
The acquisition, development and maintenance of public snowmobile trails and areas in state by units of local government through competitive reimbursement grants.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Eligible project costs include land acquisition for snowmobile areas/trail corridors, snowmobile trail construction and signage, trail grooming equipment, equipment for local agency patrol use, parking areas, security lighting, restroom facilites and warming shelters.
Eligibility Requirements
Agencies eligible for assistance under the grant program are any units of local government with statutory authority to acquire and develop lands for public park and recreational purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, counties, townships, municipalities, park districts, conservation districts and forest preserve districts. Any unit of local government located in a region of Illinois with sufficient snow cover is eligible: cities, townships, villages, conservation districts, forest preserve districts and park districts. School districts are not eligible because they can't buy or sell real property for outdoor recreational purposes.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
The following priorities are used by the Department in evaluating and recommending project applications for funding assistance consideration:
a) projects advocating land acquisition in perpetuity or long-term leases or easements, as opposed to short-term lease or easement arrangements;
b) projects proposing the development of a trail system, especially well-developed long distance trails, connector trails linking several existing trails, or multiple use trails;
c) projects located in areas having adequate snow cover and exhibiting high demand as determined by the number of registered snowmobiles in the area where the project is located;
d) projects proposing high quality snowmobile facilities readily accessible to major population centers and highways in the State or proposing initial establishment of snowmobile facilities in a high demand area;
e) projects having minimal adverse environmental and social effects.
f) projects proposing initial development of snowmobile facilities at the project site.
Assistance Consideration
Provides up to 50% reimbursement of approved facility development/rehabilitation costs and 90% of approved trail corridor land acquisition costs for public snowmobile trails and areas in the state (no advance payment). All other acquisitions are 50% reimbursement and equipment is 100% reimbursement if solely snowmobile, 50% if year-round use.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2019 : $486,700
FY 2020 : $250,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
Rockford Park District11/15/201911/14/202165,000
Winnebago County Forest Preserve11/15/201911/14/202149,500
Rockford Park District11/15/201911/14/202136,000