Grant funds available
Illinois Conservation Foundation
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[JAN. 10, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- Grant funds
are available through the Illinois Conservation Foundation for
not-for-profit groups, schools and local governments to assist them
with habitat, environmental education or recreation projects.
"Outdoor classrooms, prairie
restoration and river restorations are just a few of the many
examples of projects undertaken with grant funding from the Illinois
Conservation Foundation," said Illinois Department of Natural
Resources Director Joel Brunsvold, who serves as chairman of the
foundation. "Many of these projects provide outdoor experiences to
young people that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to
participate in and to learn from."
Individual grants of up to $5,000 will
be awarded, and projects are required to provide matching funds. Up
to $75,000 is available for projects this year. An application form
is available on the foundation's website at
www.ilcf.org. Applications for funding are due by Feb. 27.
Money raised through the annual
Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet is used to fund the grants.
Last year nearly $72,000 was provided for 49 projects. Grant
applications will be reviewed by the staff and board of directors of
the Illinois Conservation Foundation, with awards announced in July
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"Conservation education is a main focus
of the board of directors of the foundation. Understanding and
appreciation of the environment by the public -- particularly young
people -- is important to its future protection," said Illinois
Conservation Executive Director Jess Hansen.
foundation has raised more than $18.5 million for natural resource
programs. For more grant program information and an application,
contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources
Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone (217) 785-2003; or visit
Conservation Foundation news release]