Posted on October 25, 2010 6:10 PM
Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its Park and Recreation Facility Construction Program (PARC). For FY2011, a total of $25 million in grants are available through funding provided by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program. The maximum grant award for qualifying projects is $2.5 million. The application cycle runs from October 15 to November 29, 2010.
PARC was enacted in 2009 to provide grants to eligible local governments for park and recreation unit construction projects. A qualifying park or recreation unit construction project could be the acquisition, development, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvements, architectural planning, and installation of capital facilities consisting, but not limited to, buildings, structures, and land for park and recreation purposes and open spaces and natural areas.
Eligibility requirements mirror the OSLAD grant program. Units of local government that are authorized by Illinois law to expend public funds for the acquisition and development of land for public indoor/outdoor park, recreation or conservation purposes are eligible to apply.The PARC program will reimburse grant recipients up to 75 percent of approved project costs (up to 90 percent reimbursement will be available to local governments defined as disadvantaged).
For more information and to apply, visit the IDNR website.