RESOURCE GUIDE for
The purpose of this document is to provide organizations. Communities are
a resource of floodplain management encouraged to contact each agency for
programs and technical assistance specific information on programs.
available to local communities in Illinois.
Many of the programs listed in this An index in the back of this manual will list
document can help communities in their programs and assistance by topic (i.e.:
efforts to reduce or eliminate flood risks. mitigation, floodproofing, stormwater,
The Resource Guide is organized in three wetlands, etc..). A key has been developed
categories: Federal Agencies, State to identify eligible groups for each program
Agencies and Private or Non-profit or grant after the title of the grant:
Key to group eligibility:
“I” individuals eligible
“G” local units of government
“O” all organizations eligible to apply
“P” private not-for-profit (501C3) groups only eligible
“E” educational institutions
“U” unknown or eligibility varies, need to contact administrators.
Some of these programs and grants may not funding information is constantly changing and
have water resources or flood reduction as a omissions or errors may occur. Please recycle
specific goal, but could be used to achieve previous editions. For corrections, comments
multiple objectives which include these goals. or additional copies of this summary, please
Other programs and grants are also included contact IDNR/Water Resources.
in this guide which may compliment a buyout
or floodplain restoration program. A special thanks goes to Keith Eichorst, NRCS
Planner for his input and assistance with this
This document is provided as a public service document. Much of the material in this
and does not constitute a recommendation or document was obtained from a similar
endorsement of any particular grant or publication produced by the Natural Resource
program; also note that the absence of any and Conservation Service (NRCS) and entitled
particular grant or program does not constitute Grant Information Summary for Conservation
a negative endorsement. While an effort has Projects.
been made to provide an accurate listing,
The federal government is an excellent place projects. Once you identify your specific
to investigate sources for water resources requirements, the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Grants (CFDA) is the single best place to look
for federal funding sources-the catalog should Topics: Public Information, Floodplain
be available at your local library or you can Planning, Emergency Management Planning,
view the CFDA on-line: Multi-Objective Management, Mitigation
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: NRCS primarily serves rural areas. NRCS
staff provides information on land use
http://www.cfda.gov planning, conservation planning, resource
development, water management and flood
prevention to farmers, community officials, and
Web site for federal forms and grant land developers. While mostly a general
administration procedures: information and technical assistance
operation, NRCS also funds flood protection
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ projects. In addition, NRCS can assist local
grants/index.html officials with review of subdivision proposals,
erosion and sedimentation control, and other
Web sites of federal agencies may give you development plans.
more information about individual government
programs as well as provide information on Small Watershed Program PL-566 (G)
other opportunities for assistance. The web
site for each federal agency are listed under Technical assistance is provided in designing
the agency title and address. and installing watershed works of
improvement. Financial assistance is provided
for sharing costs of measures for watershed
protection, flood prevention, water
management, sedimentation control, wildlife
habitat, and recreation. Watershed area must
not exceed 250,000 acres. Capacity of a
single structure is limited to 25,000 acre-feet
of total capacity and 12,500 acre-feet of
floodwater detention capacity.
Cooperative River Basin Program, Section
6, Public Law 83-566 (G)
Department of - Cooperative River Basin studies are for
Agriculture (USDOA) appraising water and related land resources
and formulating alternative plans for
conservation use and development.
- Studies are of limited scope and short
Conservation Service duration to provide specific information needed
(NRCS) for planning.
Natural Resources Conservation Service - Plans may include management and land
(NRCS) measures or combinations thereof that
1902 Fox Drive would meet existing and projected needs and
Champaign, IL 61820 objectives.
Conservation 2000 -- Streambank
Stabilization & Restoration Program Illinois State FSA Office
(SSRP): G, O, I. P. O. Box 19273
- Eligible projects include naturalized stream 3500 West Wabash
bank stabilization practices in rural and urban Springfield, Illinois 62794-9273
- Application deadlines are January, May and
September. Emergency Conservation Program: (I, G)
- 25% match required, 20% for qualified Following a natural disaster, the county FSA
watershed planning areas. committee determines to make the program
available in the county.
- Contact the local Soil & Water Conservation
District that services your county. Offices are Emergency cost sharing is limited to new
listed in the phone book under “local conservation problems created by natural
government.” disasters, which, if not treated, will impair or
endanger the land.
Habitat Restoration Fund for the Fox and
Kishwaukee River Watersheds: (I, O, E, G). Point of Contact:
- Eligible projects include native plantings, contact the local county FSA office following a
upland habitat & wetland restoration. disaster
- Deadlines in March and August.
- 75% cost-share, up to $5,000.
- Contact the Lake, Kane-DuPage, DeKalb,
Boone, McHenry or North Cook Soil and Water
Conservation Districts for more information.
Point of Contact:
The NRCS work is conducted through local
soil and water conservation districts. The point
of contact is the District Conservationist who
usually has an office in the county seat.
(Check the local telephone directory under
USDA) or U.S. Army Corps
Within Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of
**Please Note: The Association of Soil and Engineers is represented in four District
Water Conservation Districts (217) 744-3414 offices, see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
can guide you to your county Soil and Water web site to determine in which District you are
Conservation District office located.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Corps of Engineers District offices:
timing; flood depths or stages; flood water
Chicago District. velocities.
* General Planning Assistance. “Special
St. Louis District. Studies” are performed on all aspects of
http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/ Floodplain management planning.
Rock Island District. Examples include:
• Floodplain delineation/flood hazard
Louisville District. management
• Flood warning/preparedness
Topics: Public Information, Data Sources.
Floodplain Management Planning, Mitigation • Dam break analysis
Techniques, Emergency Management
Planning • Urbanization impact
Civil Works (G, O, P) • Flood proofing
- The nation's primary water resources • Inventory of floodprone structures
development program. It involves engineering
works such as major dams, reservoirs, levees, Services are provided at no cost to state,
harbors, waterways, locks, and many other regional and local governments. Other federal
types of structures. agencies and the private sector can obtain the
services on a 100% cost recovery basis.
- Planning assistance is provided to states and
other non-federal entities for the Planning Assistance to States (G)
comprehensive management of water
resources, including pollution abatement The Corps of Engineers provides assistance to
works. states, local governments and other non-
federal entities in the preparation of
- Conducts feasibility studies and builds flood comprehensive plans for the development,
damage reduction projects. utilization, and conservation of water and
related land resources.
- Major projects require specific authorization
and funding by Congress, while small projects The individual states determine the needed
can be implemented with agency authority. planning assistance. Every year, each state
can provide the Corps its request for studies
Floodplain Management Services Program under the program and the Corps then
(G, U) accommodates as many studies as possible
within the funding allotment.
The Floodplain Management Services
Program provides the full range of technical Essentially, anything can be studied under this
services and planning guidance needed to program. Typical studies are only planning
support effective floodplain management. The level of detail; they do not include detailed
following types of assistance are available: design for project construction.
* General Technical Services. The program Types of studies conducted include:
develops or interpret site specific data on
obstruction to flood flows, flood formation and • Water supply and demand studies
• Water quality studies flooding problems. A project is approved for
construction after investigation shows
• Environmental conservation/restoration engineering, economic and environmental
studies feasibility. The investigation generally lasts 1
to 3 years. These projects are cost shared
• Wetland evaluation studies 65% federal and 35% non-federal. Each
project is limited to a federal cost of $7 million.
• Flood damage reduction studies
A project may consist of one of more of the
• Planning Assistance to State studies following:
are cost shared on a 50% federal -
50% non-federal basis. Also, a portion • Channel enlargement
of the non-federal cost may be
performed as in-kind work rather than • Channel realignment or paving
having to pay all cash. This must be
negotiated before the study agreement • Obstructions removal
• Levee and wall construction
Section 14 Emergency Streambank and
Erosion Protection (G, I, O) • Bank stabilization
These projects are designed to provide Section 206 of the 1960 Flood Control Act,
emergency streambank and shoreline as amended (Floodplain Management
protection to threatened public facilities. A Services Program) (G)
project is approved for construction after
investigation shows engineering, economic - Provides floodplain information and technical
and environmental feasibility. The investigation assistance to states, counties, and cities for
generally lasts 6 months to a year. These prudent use of land subject to flooding from
projects are cost shared 65% federal and 35% streams, lakes and oceans.
non-federal. Each project is limited to a
federal cost of $1 million. - Examples of projects include developing and
interpreting flood and flood plain data such as
Projects may protect: flood hazard mapping; providing a broad
assessment of the impact of structural and
• Highways nonstructural flood damage reduction
measures; providing technical assistance on
• Highway bridges flood proofing systems and techniques; and
assessing the possible impacts of land use
• Water and sewer lines changes on the physical, socio-economic and
environmental conditions of the floodplain.
Section 208 Snagging and Clearing for
• Public and non-profit schools and Flood Control (G)
Corps of Engineers designs and constructs the
• Other non-profit Public facilities project. Each project must be engineering
feasible, complete within itself, and
Section 205 Small Flood Control Projects economically justified. The nonfederal
(G) sponsor must provide all lands, easements,
and rights of way. Non-Federal sponsor pays
These projects are designed to reduce major all project costs in excess of the Federal limit
of $500,000. Sponsor agrees to maintain the (312) 353-6749
Topics: Land Use Planning, Disaster Planning
Section 1135 Project Modifications for the
Improvement of the Environment (G, P, U) Sustainable Development
- Federal funds and technical assistance Department of Energy provides a very detailed
available for studies, planning, engineering, web site with volumes of information on
construction and administration. community planning, land use planning,
disaster planning, and sustainable
- Cost-share up to $5 million plus non-federal development. On this website, you will be able
match, 25% for project costs. to:
- Contact Army Corps of Engineers at 312- • Read about other communities that
353-6400, 309-794-5590 or 314-331-8404. have discovered the benefits of
Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem
Restoration (G, P, U) • Locate technical and financial
resources that can hlp you community
- Projects include funding and assistance to plan and carry out sustainable
carry out ecosystem restoration and development projects; and
enhancement that is documented to be in the
public interest, will improve the environment, • Access model codes and ordinances
and is cost effective. other communities have used to
implement sustainable development.
- Federal cost-share of up to $5 million is
available, 35% non-federal cost-share Point of Contact:
- Contact the Army Corps of Engineers at 312-
353-6400, 309-794-5590 or 314-331-8404 http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/disaster/disintr
Energy United State
US Department of Energy
Chicago Regional Office Protection Agency
One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2380
Chicago, IL 60606-4616 (USEPA)
US EPA Region 5 - Need to call for deadlines
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
- Contact USEPA at 312-886-4856
Chicago, IL 60604 312-353-2000 or toll free
at 800-621-8431 http://www.epa.gov/ecocommunity
United States Environmental Protection USEPA Catalog of Funding Sources for
Agency (USEPA) Watershed Protection
Environmental Education Grants (E, P, G)
- Eligible projects include environmental
education activities such as curricula design or
dissemination, designing or demonstrating
educational field methods, and training
- November deadline.
- Requires a minimum of 25% matching funds
or in-kind services.
- Contact US Environmental Protection Agency
(USEPA) at 312-353-5282.
Housing and Urban
US Department of Housing and Urban
Environmental Justice Small Grants (E, P)
- Projects include those that use community-
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal building
based approaches for environmental
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Il 60604
- Project grants shall not exceed $20,000.
- Contact USEPA at 1-312-353-1440 or 1-800-
United States Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD):
Community based Environmental
Protection for Communities (U)
HUD has many programs and grants dealing
with urban development and housing. HUD is
- Purpose is to provide place-based
also one of the primary agencies for low
approaches to address community and
interest loans following disaster events.
environmental approaches to slow the loss of
open space, habitat, and wetlands.
- Matching share required.
discharges, flood depths and velocities,
profiles of the water surface and areas
inundated during major floods, time-of-travel of
flood wave, and sediment transport
- Interpretative information regarding flood
frequency relations, estimates of 10-, 50-,
100-, and 500-year flood discharges,
computed water surface profiles, and
flood-prone areas delineated on topographic
Department of the - Assistance in minimizing flood losses by
Interior quickly identifying areas of potential flood
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Additional information on the hydrology of
U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division Point of Contact:
221 N. Broadway Street Bob Holmes
Urbana, IL 61801 217-334-0037
National Park Service
Topics: Data Sources, Emergency
The objectives of the
As one of the 48 Districts in the Water
National Park Service
Resources Division of the U.S. Geological
are to administer the
Survey, the Illinois District is an integral part of
properties under its
a Federal agency devoted to data collection,
jurisdiction, to protect the
applied science, scientific research, and
natural environment of the areas, and to
dissemination of information. The USGS
assist States, local governments, and citizen
performs surveys, investigations and research,
groups in the development of park areas, the
covering topography, geology, hydrology, and
protection of the natural environment, and the
the mineral resources of the United States.
preservation of historic properties.
They classify lands as to their mineral water
resources and publish and disseminate data
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
relative to the foregoing activities. The USGS
Program (G, O, P, E)
also publishes flow rates, and peak flows of
certain streams and rivers.
- The Rivers, Trails and Conservation
Assistance Program provides National Park
National Water Data Exchange (I, G, O, P, E,
Service staff for assistance to communities for
river and trail corridor planning and open
space preservation efforts.
- Each state has a User Assistance Center.
These centers can provide:
- Program personnel are acknowledged
experts in facilitating cooperative planning
- Factual information on flood peaks and
efforts. Topics: Multi-Objective Management,
-Projects are all based on substantial
involvement of varied community interests. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is to work with others, to conserve,
-Targeted National Park Service assistance protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their
with grassroots planning can help communities habitats for the continuing benefit of the
make informed choices based upon consensus American people. Their major responsibilities
about future growth and development that will are: migratory birds, endangered species,
help avoid future flood losses. freshwater and anadromous fish, the National
Wildlife Refuge System, wetlands, conserving
Point of Contact: habitat, and environmental contaminants.
Illinois The Fish and Wildlife Service provides
Rivers, Trails & Conservation expertise on questions relating to fish, wildlife,
Assistance and habitat resource, preservation and
National Park Service maintenance. They also review wetland
25 East Washington, Suite 1650 projects as part of the U.S. Army Corps of
Chicago, IL 60602 Engineers' 404 permit program.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife (O, I, E, G)
(312) 427-3688 -Eligible projects include restoration or
enhancement of wildlife habitat, does not fund
Missouri/Southern Illinois land acquisition or salaries.
Rivers, Trails & Conservation
Assistance -Need to call for application deadlines.
National Park Service -Matching or in-kind services preferred, 10-
2100 Locust Street, 2nd Floor - North year habitat development agreement required.
St. Louis, MO 63103 -Contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service
Fax (314) 436-9215 (USFWS) at 847-381-2253 or 309-793-5800
(314) 436-1324 x112 Point of Contact:
Fish and Wildlife Service
Region 3: Twin Cities, Minnesota (Illinois,
Great Lakes - Big River Region Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ohio, Wisconsin)
1 Federal Drive (612) 713-5361
BHW Federal Building
Fort Snelling, MN 55111 Northeastern Illinois Wetlands
Conservation Account (I, G, O, P, E)
Phone: 612/713-5360 - Eligible projects include restoration,
enhancement, and preservation of wetlands.
Http://www.fws.gov/ Other eligible projects include those that
promote understanding, appreciation, and
stewardship of wetlands
- Application deadlines vary. $5,000-$150,000
- Matching funds preferred but not required.
Limited to Northeastern Illinois area.
- Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at
847-381-2253 for information.
Point of Contact:
m Management Agency
Region 3: Twin Cities, Minnesota (Illinois, (FEMA)
Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Ohio, Wisconsin) Region V - Flood Insurance and Mitigation
(612) 713-5361 Division
536 South Clark Street
Challenge Grant Program (O, I, E, G) Chicago, IL 60605
- Purpose for wildlife habitat restoration,
streambank stabilization, or education. http://www.fema.gov)
- Application deadlines from June to August. Topics: Floodplain Management, Floodplain
Grant ranges vary up to $10,000. Mapping, Risk Assessment, Mitigation
Planning, Mitigation Techniques.
- 50% Match required.
FEMA Region V has a Division that handles
- Contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the administration of the National Flood
847-381-2253 or 309-793-5800. Insurance Program (NFIP), mitigation
programs, and helps states, communities and
Point of Contact: private entities interpret the federal
http://offices.fws.gov/directory/listofficestate.cf National Flood Insurance Program
Region 3: Twin Cities, Minnesota (Illinois,
Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Floodplain mapping, and Floodplain
Ohio, Wisconsin) Management (I, G, O, P, E, U)
- Regional staff includes engineers and
planners assigned to help communities.
- They provide technical assistance and
publications to help citizens and local officials
understand NFIP flood maps and the
regulatory requirements for communities to
participate in the NFIP.
Point of Contact: - Examples of eligible projects include
acquisition or elevation of National Flood
Vince R. Parisi (6-County Chicago Area) Insurance Program-insured buildings, and
Natural Hazards Specialist minor drainage improvement projects.
FEMA, Region V
536 South Clark, 6th Floor - Also hazard mitigation plans can be
Chicago, Illinois 60605 generated with these funds.
email@example.com Point of Contact:
Eric Kuklewski (Rest of State) Mitigation Specialist
Natural Hazards Specialist FEMA, Region V
FEMA, Region V 536 South Clark, 6th Floor
536 South Clark, 6th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60605
Chicago, Illinois 60605
firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 408-5591
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (G)
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (G)
- To assist states and local governments to
- The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will pay implement cost-effective
for 75% of the eligible costs of such mitigation hazard mitigation activities that compliment a
projects. comprehensive mitigation
program, and reduce injuries, loss of life, and
- The projects should be consistent with the damage and destruction of
recommendations of the state's mitigation property.
plans and strategies.
- Emphasis is on the development of state and
- Projects must be shown to be cost-effective, local multi-hazard mitigation plans that meet
and they may mitigate hazards other than the the DMA 2K criteria.
one that caused the disaster.
- Eligible activities include state management
Point of Contact: costs, information
dissemination, planning, technical assistance
Rusty Rickart and mitigation projects.
FEMA, Region V Point of Contact:
536 South Clark, 6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605 Rich Roths
Rusty.Rickart@FEMA.gov FEMA, Region V
(312) 408-5591 536 South Clark, 6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (G)
Emergency Management Institute (I, G)
- To assist states and local governments to
implement cost-effective measures that will - FEMA's National Emergency Training Center
reduce future flood damage and reduce future in Emmitsburg, MD, is the home of the
flood insurance claims. Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and
the National Fire Academy. Point of Contact:
- Classes in many areas of emergency ISO/CRS Specialist for Illinois
management, including emergency planning, Mike Knox
exercise design and evaluation disaster 189 Little John Lane
management, hazardous materials response, Springfield, IL 62704
and fire service management. 217/787-0584
- EMI course are also given by many states.
Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC)
- An Independent Study Program is also
available to private citizens. - ICC is available on all National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance
- Special seminars and workshops are offered policies. This coverage provides an additional
via satellite as part of FEMA's Emergency $20,000 to elevate, relocate, demolish, or
Education Network, called EENET. floodproof substantially damaged structures.
A home is considered substantially damage
- Courses of special interest to engineers, when the cost of repairs equal or exceeds
architects and building code officials are: 50% of the structures pre-damage market
value. Communities have the option of
• Retrofitting Floodprone Residential adopting a cumulative substantial damage
Buildings provision where ICC coverage can become
available when a structure’s cumulative
• Multihazard Building Design Summer damages equal or exceed 50% of the market
• Digital Hazard Data Course Point of Contact:
• Managing Floodplain Development Eric Kuklewski
Through the National Flood Insurance FEMA Region V
Program 536 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60605
• National Flood Insurance Program - (312) 408-5230
Community Rating System
*NOTE* The Illinois Department of Natural
Point of Contact: Resources/Office of Water Resources
(IDNR/OWR) is the State Coordinating office
www.fema.gov/emi/ for the National Flood Insurance Program.
Questions regarding FEMA programs can also
Community Rating System (CRS) (G) be directed to IDNR/OWR’s State Coordinator
at (217) 782-3862.
- The CRS is a program that gives flood
insurance reduction credits to communities for
proper floodplain management efforts.
- Flood insurance policy holders are eligible for
major premium reductions based on how well
a community regulates future floodplain
development activities and steps taken to
reduce current flood risks.
Internal Revenue Service
230 S. Dearborn St. 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 2400, Stop 6604-CHI Room 6217
Chicago, IL 60604 Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-6090
Fax: (202) 482-3154
Internal Revenue Service
320 W. Washington St.
Room 600, Stop 4660 SPD http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Springfield, IL 62701
Topics: Emergency Management Planning.
Reports the weather of the U.S. and its
possessions and provides weather forecasts to
the general public, issues warnings against
Federal Tax Incentives for Conservation (I, natural events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes,
O, U) floods, and tsunamis, provides special
services in support of aviation, marine
- Owners of environmentally sensitive land that activities, agriculture, forestry, urban air-quality
has been donated for conservation purposes, control, and other weather-sensitive activities;
or has been placed in a conservation monitors and reports all non federal weather
easement, may qualify for significant federal modification activities conducted in the United
tax deductions. States.
- Reference is the Internal Revenue Service Local Flood Warning Systems (G)
(IRS) Code [170(h)].
- Floodplain information and interpretation
- Contact the IRS or your federal tax advisor assistance for specific points on larger rivers
for more information. of the United States can be obtained from the
National Weather Service.
- NWS provides flood forecasts and warnings
on larger rivers and provides flash flood
warnings on smaller streams. Topics: Multi-Objective Management,
- Interested communities are assisted in
establishing flood warning systems. Funding to provide support to grassroots
organizations to develop watershed
- There are 12 field forecasting offices across partnerships in part comes from the EPA.
the United States. Regional office staff can Eight Federal agencies are responsible for
identify field stations near a user. developing a Clean Water Action Plan. As a
result of this plan, in 1998 the EPA selected
Point of Contact: the River Network to administer and
coordinate the Watershed Assistance Grants.
There are six Regional Offices: Agencies responsible for developing the Action
Plan include Defense, Interior, Agriculture and
Central: Kansas City, MO Watershed Assistance Grants (I,G, O, P)
- The purpose of the Watershed Assistance
(Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Grants program is to provide small grants to
Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, local watershed partnerships to support their
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, organizational development and long term
Wisconsin, Wyoming) effectiveness.
- These grassroots citizens' organizations are
dedicated to protecting and restoring the
watershed in their area.
- Interested persons should use the
self-screening process, which is available to
assure that persons and organizations are
eligible to receive a grant and that the
activities being proposed meet the program
Point of Contact:
This is one of the Federal agencies
coordinating development of the
Clean Water Plan.
Administration (SBA) U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
441 G Street N.W., 3G73
Washington, D.C. 20314-1000
Illinois District Office
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1250
Fax: (202) 761-0140
Chicago, Illinois 60661-2511
Telephone: (312) 353-4528
Fax: (312) 886-5688
Illinois FIRST Program (U)
- Conservation purposes
include brownfield cleanups
and construction of trails and
- Contact your local state legislative office for
United States application details.
Department of http://www100.state.il.us/state/ilfirst
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
Scenic Byway Program (U) Illinois Department
- Purpose is to create or preserve treasured of Agriculture
American byways or roads. Grants are
available for states and communities to
develop scenic roadways and associated open
space. Illinois Department of Agriculture
Division of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 19281
http://www.byways.org Springfield, IL 62794-9281
STATE SOURCES http://www.agr.state.il.us
Topic: Land and Water Resources, site review,
The State of Illinois administers numerous groundwater, erosion protection.
programs for community-based water resource
management. Some of the money for these The Illinois Department of Agriculture/Division
programs originates at the federal level and is of Natural Resources works closely with the
“pass-through” funding, but much comes Natural Resource and Conservation Service
directly from the State. (NRCS) and local Soil and Water
Conservation Districts to provide technical
assistance to land owners regarding flooding
Useful State websites: or erosion problems.
Catalog of State Assistance to Local
of Commerce and
Community Affairs Illinois Department
Department of Commerce and Community of Corrections
620 East Adams Street Illinois Department of Corrections
Springfield, IL 62701 1301 Concordia Ct.
Springfield, IL 62794
(217) 782-3233 (217) 522-2666
http://illinoisbiz.biz/ Volunteer Labor Force (G)
Community Development Assistance Prisoners to sandbag, construct levees and
Program (Community Development Block flood fight. Prisoners are also occasionally
Grant) (G) used to clean streams of brush and debris or
clean up following a flood disaster.
- Eligible projects must include activities that
improve community welfare, specifically in Point of Contact:
moderate or low-income areas. Conservation-
related projects can possibly include the Illinois Department of Corrections, Office of
acquisition of real property (e.g., flood-prone Communication
areas), construction of water or sewer facilities, (217) 522-2666 ext. 2008
and initiatives for energy conservation.
Funding competition is intense.
- Application deadlines vary; no match
- Money originates at the federal level as the
Community Development Block Grant and is
administered directly to “entitlement”
communities such as the urbanized counties in
Northeastern Illinois and selected
municipalities such as the City of Chicago. In
other areas, municipalities and other units of
local government should contact their county
government to apply for funds from the state Management Agency
under the Community Development Assistance
Program. Community groups should work (IEMA)
through their local municipality in incorporated
areas and the next level of local government Illinois Emergency Management Agency
(i.e. township or county) in other areas. 110 East Adams
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1109
www.state.il.us/iema Non-point Source Management Program
(Section 319 grants) (G, O)
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program: (G)
- Eligible projects include controlling or
- Governments must be enrolled and in good eliminating non-point pollution sources.
standing with the National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP). - Application deadline is August.
- Eligible initiatives for projects include - Requires 40% matching funds or in-kind
acquisition of insured structures and services.
underlying real property for open space uses.
-Contact Illinois Environmental Protection
- Provides up to 75% of project costs, 25% Agency (IEPA) at 217-782-3362.
Point of Contact: assistance
Ron Davis Illinois Clean Lakes Program (G)
- Financial assistance available for lakes over
email@example.com 6 acres that are publicly-owned with public
*Note* Many of the FEMA programs such as - Application deadline is Aug. 31 (pre-
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or approval) and Oct. 31 (final approval).
Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMAP)
are administered by IEMA. - Requires 40% match for phase I, 50% local
match for phase II.
- Contact IEPA at 217-782-3362.
Lake Education Assistance Program (G, E,
- Eligible projects include educational
programs on inland lakes and lake
Environmental - Maximum funding of $500 is reimbursed after
Protection Agency completion. Deadlines are Sept. & Jan.
(IEPA) - Contact IEPA at 217-782-3362.
Division of Water Pollution Control assistance/index.html
Permit Section # 15
1021 North Grand Avenue East Priority Lake and Watershed
P. 0. Box 19276
Implementation Program (G)
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
- Eligible projects include funding to implement
protection/restoration practices that improve
http://www.epa.state.il.us/ water quality prioritized publicly-owned lakes.
- Funding up to 100%, projects range from
$5,000 to $30,000.
- Contact IEPA at 217-782-3362.
Illinois Historic Resources (IDNR)
Preservation Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Agency (IHPA) Office of Water Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62701
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (217) 782-3863
500 East Madison Street
Springfield, IL 62701 www.dnr.state.il.us
The Illinois Department of Natural
Mike Jackson 217/785-5412 Resources/Office of Water Resources
(IDNR/OWR) is the state agency that
Certified Local Government Program [for regulates construction activities in the state’s
historic preservation] (G) rivers, lakes, and streams. The agency is also
very active in the planning and funding of
- Eligible projects include historical surveys, structural flood control projects when deemed
education and historical preservation planning. appropriate. The IDNR receives many
requests for assistance to solve urban flooding
- October deadline, 40% match required. and other related water resources problems,
each of which leads to some category of study
- Contact the Illinois Historic Preservation or action. IDNR/OWR also coordinates the
Agency at 217-785-5042. National Flood Insurance Program, mitigation
activities, and floodplain mapping issues in the
Illinois Heritage Grants [for historic State and local floodplain regulations and
preservation] (G, O) NFIP coordination (I, G, O, P, E)
- Eligible projects are those that entail - Provides community-wide or individual
historical construction. assistance and training to communities trying
to regulate floodplain development activities
- 40% match required. and reduce existing flood problems.
- Contact the Illinois Historic Preservation - Can provide communities with training
Agency at 217-785-5042 manuals, model floodplain and stormwater
ordinances, technical assistance, risk
http://state.il.us/hpa assessment, and floodplain mapping.
Point of Contact:
Paul Osman (Statewide Manager) http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/class
(217) 782-4428 rm/grant
Greenways and Trails Planning Assistance
John Lentz (Northeastern IL/Chicago Metro Program (G)
(847) 608-3100 - Eligible units of government include counties
JLentz@dnrmail.state.il.us and communities > 10,000
Small Projects Fund (G) - $20,000 maximum awarded, 50% in-kind
- Provides direct assistance to rural and
smaller communities to reduce stormwater - Must follow a planning process
related flood damages by alleviating localized,
significant drainage and flood problems. - Contact IDNR at 217-782-3715
- Provides funding for planning and http://www.dnr.state.il.us/gnthome.htm
implementation of flood control projects in
accordance with an adopted plan. Illinois Trail Grant Programs (G, P, O)
- Relies on cooperative utilization of local - A collection of various trail programs where
resources eligible projects include acquiring or
constructing non-motorized bicycle and
- Limited to $100,000 at a single locality. snowmobile paths and facilities.
Point of Contact: - Deadline is March and May.
Tom Maloney - 0%-50% match required, depending upon
(217) 782-4615 which type of trail grant.
Open Space Lands Acquisition and - Contact IDNR at 217-782-7481.
Development (OSLAD) Program & Open
Lands Trust Grant Program (G) http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/gaoutnew.htm
- Eligible projects Urban & Community Forestry Grant
include money for Program (G)
development of public - Purpose is to create or enhance local forestry
parks for passive programs in communities with a local forestry
recreation/open space. ordinance.
- Application deadlines vary. Conservation - May deadline.
easement required with both programs.
- 50% match required, reimbursement up to
- Funding is reimbursable up to 50% of project $5,000.
costs, reimbursable up to $2 million for the
Trust Grant. - Contact IDNR at 217-782-2361.
- Contact Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund (I, O, U)
(IDNR) for both programs at 217-782-7481.
- Eligible projects include those that deal with
http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/ management, site inventories or on-going
Education grants (U)
- Deadline is April.
- Funding up to $1,000 per project, match Other tax incentives may also apply, contact
preferred but not required. IDNR regarding the Real Property
Conservation Rights Act and the Illinois
- Contact IDNR at 217-785-8774. Natural Areas Preservation Act at 217-785-
8774. Contact your local township or county
Conservation 2000 -- Ecosystems Program assessor to determine eligibility under the
(O) Open Space Assessment and Preferential
Assessment of Common Areas.
- Eligible projects include habitat protection or
improvement, technical assistance, and
- The Ecosystems Program provides financial
and technical support to groups (ecosystem State
partners) which seek to maintain and enhance
ecological and economic conditions in key Water
watersheds of Illinois.
- February deadline, contact IDNR at 217-782-
7940. Illinois Department of Natural Resources
State Water Survey
http://dnr.state.il.us/c2000 2204 Griffith Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
State Tax Incentives for Conservation (O, I)
The Illinois State Water Survey is the scientific
- Urban land that is environmentally sensitive and technical branch of IDNR. The office
may qualify for significant property tax maintains the state repository for flood history,
reductions: flood gage data, floodplain mapping and
Real Property Conservation Rights Act (765 hydrologic studies.
ILCS 120/1 et seq.).
Surface Water and Floodplain Services
- If land is qualified by having a conservation Program (I, G, O, P)
easement, it may be assessed at 8 1/3 fair
market value. A variety of information and technical services
Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act (525 related to surface water resources and
ILCS 30/1 et.seq)/17 Ill Adm. Code. floodplain management are provided to
individuals, industry, business professionals,
- If land is qualified by being designated as an public agencies, and governmental units. The
Illinois Nature Preserve, it may be assessed at Illinois State Water Survey functions as the
$1/year in perpetuity. Floodplain Information Repository maintaining
a library of information and technical data
Open Space Assessment (Illinois Property Tax related to flooding. The library also includes a
Code Sections 10-155). complete set of National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP) maps and studies as well as
- A lower use evaluation is used for land in engineering data and supportive studies
open space, 10 acre minimum area, not related to flooding, a complete set of National
applicable in Cook County. Wetlands Inventory Maps and US Geological
Survey topographic quadrangles, and the
- Preferential Assessment of Common Areas Survey’s Surface Water Data Files. This
(Illinois Property Tax Code Sections 10-35). information my be viewed by the public during
regular business hours. The Water Survey
- Purpose is to encourage open space in also completes flood hazard zone
residential developments, if qualifying, determinations and calculates approximate
assessment is reduced to $1/year. base flood elevations. Minimal fees are
charged for some services.
Point of Contact: - Planning is encouraged to be completed now
for new disbursements.
217/333-5482 - Local 20% match required for projects, 50%
match for land acquisition.
- Contact Illinois Dept. of Transportation
(IDOT) at 1-800-493-3434.
Illinois Tomorrow Program (G)
Initiative is a bold, coordinated approach to
balanced growth for communities throughout
the state of Illinois. It promotes voluntary
state/local partnerships and focuses on state
Illinois Department programs that invest in existing communities.
ILLINOIS TOMORROW is a comprehensive
of Transportation effort guided by the core principles of reducing
(IDOT) traffic congestion, preserving open space,
encouraging reinvestment and redevelopment,
enhancing the quality of life, and encouraging
Illinois Department of Transportation local government partnership.
Hanley Administration Building
Springfield, IL 62764 As part of his ILLINOIS TOMORROW
(217) 782-5597 initiative, the Corridor Planning Grant Program
is designed to help local governments develop
http://www.dot.state.il.us land use and infrastructure plans that promote
the efficient use of transportation facilities and
Illinois Transportation Enhancement enhance quality of life.
Point of Contact:
Eligible projects include those that support
alternative modes of transportation and that Local metropolitan planning organization or the
preserve visual and cultural resources, Illinois Department of Transportation at (217)
including historic preservation and landscaping 782-2863.
Private and Non-Profit
Private sources for community projects include associations, corporations, and individuals that
have established foundations for charitable purposes. Many corporate foundations focus their
philanthropy in areas near their operations, so local retailers, businesses, or the local chamber
of commerce might be a source of revenue for your project. Most, but not all, require that the
group applying for funding be sponsored by a not-for-profit [501(c)(3)] corporation. Information
about private foundations can be identified through organizations that specialize in grant
information research. Fees for services or products may be charged by these organizations, so
be sure to clarify if charges will be incurred. For “do-it-your-selfers,” local grant data collection
centers are available throughout Illinois. Some clearing houses for information include:
Resources for Global Sustainability The Foundation Center.
P.O. Box 3665, Cary, NC 27519. 79 Fifth Street, New York, New York 10003.
RGS publishes a yearly catalog called http://www.fdncenter.org
“Environmental Grantmaking Foundations”
The River Network Directory lists over
http://www.environmentalgrants.com 3600 grassroots river and watershed
conservation groups, local agencies, and
Sonoran Institute governments.
Useful web site in identifying resources:
AmeriCorps National American Red Cross
Civilian Community 111 East Wacker Drive
Corps (ANCCC) provides Suite 200
team based support to Chicago, IL 60601
communities with strategic (312) 729-6242
plans to help implement flood mitigation
projects, Project Impact disaster Www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe
preparedness, and post-disaster community /readyflood.pdf
www.americorps.org/nccc/ America the Beautiful Fund (U)
American Planning Association: More - Free seeds provided in
information on planning and regulatory support of USDA-sponsored
techniques to preserve initiative
floodplain open space
can be found in - Phone is at 202-638-1649
Subdivision Design in
Flood Hazard Areas, http://www.america-the-beautiful.org
Service Report # 473. Copies can be ordered Association of State Floodplain Managers:
for $32 ($16 for APA members) from The nation’s primary floodplain management
association. Annual conference, technical
American Planning Association resources available, training opportunities.
122 South Michigan Ave, Suite 1600 Addressing Your Community's Flood
Chicago, IL 60603 Problems - A Guide for Elected Officials
(312) 431-9100 No Adverse Impact Publications
Mitigation Success Stories
Growing Smart web page
www.planning.org/plnginfo/GROWSMAR/gsin Association of State
dex.html Floodplain Managers Inc.
2809 Fish Hatchery Road
American Red Cross:: Many resources to Madison, WI 53713-3120
help communities and individuals deal with (608) 274-0123
post disaster recovery and repair. The Red
Cross produces several excellent booklets www.floods.org
dealing with flood recovery.
Point of Contact: 939-0490 -
fax:(312) 939-0931 - email:
Paul Osman, ASFPM Midwest Regional firstname.lastname@example.org
(217)782-4428 Great Lakes Commission
Chicago Wilderness Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control (U)
Small Grants (U)
- Eligible projects include projects include
natural areas enhancement, protection of Great
education, and research Lakes Water Quality by controlling erosion
that focus on biological and sedimentation (only available in Lake,
diversity of northeastern Illinois, northwestern Cook, and Will Counties). Typical grant
Indiana, and the southeastern Wisconsin amount around $25,000.
- Application deadline in January.
- Application deadlines vary, need to call
- Contact the Great Lakes Commission at
- 1:1 matching funds or in-kind services 734-665-9135.
- Contact the Chicago Wilderness at 312-346-
8166 ext. 30 for information. Illinois Association for Floodplain and
Stormwater Management (IAFSM)
Wetland Restoration Fund: G, U.
153 Nanti Street
- Eligible projects include wetlands and other Park Forest, Illinois 60466
aquatic ecosystem restorations, projects must (708)747-5273
be in the six-county Chicago metropolitan email@example.com
area and have either a conservation
easement or be owned by a government www.illinoisfloods.org
Annual conference, floodplain manager
- Deadline is March and October certification, home study courses, technical
resources available, guidebooks on flood
- Contact the Chicago Wilderness at 312-346- reduction, training opportunities.
8166 ext. 30 for information.
IL Chapter of the American Planning
ESRI: Hazard Mapping Site Association - www.ilapa.org/
- Make an Online Hazard
Map Illinois Conservation Foundation
Grant Fund (P, G)
map.html - Eligible projects include those that enhance
Friends of the Chicago River -
- February deadlines.
- Grants up to $5,000.
407 S. Dearborn, Suite
1580, Chicago IL - Contact is at 312-814-7237
60605 - phone: (312)
Institute for Business & Home Safety - North American Lake Management
Community Land Use and Disasters
www.ibhs.net/ibhs2/html/info_center/landuse. - Grant Programs and other incentives
htm periodically offered to enhance the protection
of lake watersheds.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Grants (U) http://www.nalms.org/
- Eligible projects include Northeastern Illinois Regional Planning
habitat restoration and Commission - Variety of
protection on private lands publications and assistance. -
- Deadlines vary per
individual program Lake Management Environmental
Considerations in Comprehensive Planning; A
- Sample grant sizes range from under Manual for Local Officials.
$5,000 to $75,000. Model Floodplain and Stormwater
- Contact is at 202-857-0166 People on the Water Planning Guide
Acquiring Open Space Manual
National Tree Trust Watershed Assistance Grants Program (U)
Community Tree Planting & Partnership
Enhancement Monetary Grant Program: P. - Eligible projects include community-based
partnerships that conserve or restore
- Eligible projects include community tree watersheds.
plantings with seedlings and grants to
organizations for urban areas. - Deadlines are February 18 and June 15
- Seedlings are donated directly to - Grant amounts range from $1.500-30,000.
organizations conducting the plantings or
monetary grants. - Contact River Network at 503-241-3506 ext.
- Seedlings must be maintained and reports
required for two years after grant award. http://www.rivernetwork.org
- Contact the National Tree Trust at 202-628- firstname.lastname@example.org
8733/Fax-8735 for more information on both
State Of Illinois Grant Data Collection
Foundation Center Cooperating Collections
Illinois State Library
22 Southeast Fifth St., Evansville, IN 47708
The Donor’s Forum of Chicago.
Rock Island Public Library
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 735, Chicago, IL
60604. 401 -19th St. Rock Island, IL
(312) 578-0175. (309) 732-7323
University of Illinois at Springfield
Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy, (Brookens Library)
Shepherd Rd. Springfield, IL 62794
1 Metropolitan Square, Suite 1295
211 North Broadway St. Louis, MO 63102 (217) 206-6633
Natural Hazards Research Center
Evanston Public Library IBS No. 6, 482 UBC
Boulder, CO 80309-0482
- 1703 Orrington Ave Evanston, IL 60201. (303) 492-2150
Evansville -Vanderburgh County Public
Examples of private grant sources for community-based conservation
or water resources projects include:
Kodak American Greenways Awards
Program (P, G) http://www.cct.org email@example.com
- Eligible projects include greenway and trail Exxon-Mobile Educational Foundation (U,
- Grants range from $500-$2,500. - Emphasis is on conservation and education.
- Contact Greenways Coordinator at (703) - Contact is at (972) 444-1104.
525-6300 or http://www.conservationfund.org
Field Foundation of Illinois (P)
Chicago Community Trust (P)
- Funding restricted to six-county Chicago
222 N. LaSalle St. Ste 1400 (Chicago area metropolitan area.
Chicago, IL 60601 312-372-3356 - Focus is on prevention and reduction of
pollution and preservation and protection of nment.
the natural environment.
Captain Planet Foundation (E, P)
- Call (312) 831-0910 for more information.
- Eligible projects include environmental
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley activities for children 6-18 such as urban
Foundation (U, P) gardens, water testing, and habitat
- Eligible projects primarily conservation.
Chicago area only, sample grants from - Grants range from $250-$2,500.
- Contact for deadlines.
Rails to Trails Clearinghouse (G, O, P, E,
- Contact is at 35 E. Wacker Drive, Ste. 2600, U)
Chicago, IL 60601, ATTN: Judith Stockdale.
- Web site has list of funding sources for trail
- Phone is at (312) 977-2700. & greenway funding and project planning.
http://www.gddf.org - Contact is at 877-GRNWAYS
Wildlife Links (I, G, O)
Other miscellaneous funding alternatives:
- Eligible projects include management &
education projects for conservation on golf National Urban & Community Forestry
courses. Council Challenge Cost-Share Program (G,
O, P, E)
- Contact National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
at (202) 857-0166 - Eligible projects are urban & community
- 25% cost-share needed
Grand Victoria Foundation (P)
- Contact is at (209)536-9201
- Eligible projects include proposals, which
address pollution, natural area restoration, http://www.treelink.org/nucfac/
and using Best Management Practices in
northeastern Illinois (outside Chicago). Illinois Clean Energy Community
Application deadlines twice yearly. Foundation (P, E, G)
- Contact the foundation at (847) 289-8575. - Eligible projects include those that enhance
natural areas, increase the use of renewable
http://www.grandvictoriafdn.org energy, or improve energy efficiency.
Motorola Foundation (P) - Deadlines in April and July.
- Eligible projects include efforts near - Contact is at (312) 372-5191