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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is currently accepting applications for the state’s Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program through Jan. 21, 2020.

PARC provides financial assistance to eligible local governments for construction and conservation projects in Illinois. Eligible projects include new construction and reconstruction of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities.

Local governments are also encouraged to apply for assistance with land purchases and conservation projects to protect floodplains, wetlands geologic features and wildlife habitat. Projects involving land acquisition for construction of new, or expansion of existing indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and for open space and conservation purposes, are also eligible.

Project costs may range from $25,000 to $2.5 million. The program reimburses up to 75% of approved project costs, and up to 90% of costs for governments defined as "disadvantaged." The IDNR expects to distribute $25 million in total to grant recipients.

For more information, details on program eligibility, and other program regulations, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/grants/Pages/PARC-Grant.aspx or contact the IDNR Office of Grant Management and Administration, at 217-782-7481, or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The application deadline is Jan. 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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