Other Grant Opportunities

Below is a list of grant and loan program opportunities that may be beneficial to your community and projects you are working on.   Other grant programs that NCICG works with regularly can be found on our website under the Grants tab.  Please contact NCICG at info@ncicg.org  or 815-433-5830 if your community needs assistance applying for these programs.   

Grants for Outdoor Music Series
Levitt Pavilions is a national non-for-profit organization that provides free concert series across America.  The organization is providing 10 grants in the amount of $25,000 to put on concerts between April – November 2016 in 10 lucky cities.  Municipalities must partner with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to apply.  All concerts are to be outdoors at an accessible location without fixed seating.  Concerts are to be free to the public.  There is a $20,000 match required to receive the grant.  $10,000 may be considered an in-kind match.  The municipality must have a track record of hosting professional quality concerts or community events.  For more information, visit https://www.levittpavilions.org/.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2015 

Capacity Building Grants for Volunteer Non-Profits that Care for Public Lands
Public Lands Every Day: A National Environmental Education Foundation Program with support from Toyota is offering up to twenty-five (25) $5,000 grants to strengthen the capacity of 501(c)3 organizations who have a mission to serve public lands.  The organization must have an established relationship with the public land site (federal, state, regional, county, city, or other public land areas) for at least one year.  For more information, visit http://www.publiclandseveryday.org/grants/capacity-building-grants.
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015

Grants to Plant a Community Orchard
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation offers grants to non-profit organization, non-governmental organizations, public schools, and government entities to partner with the Foundation to plant fruit trees and plants where produced fruits will best serve the community.  Trees, shrubs, equipment, and expertise will be provided by the Foundation. An educational component will also take part on planting day.  The recipient must be committed to the long-term care of the orchard and fulfill its charitable mission.  The site must be horticulturally appropriate to host the orchard.  For more information, visit http://www.ftpf.org/apply.htm.
Application Deadline: Ongoing 
Grants to Promote Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability
The Cornell Douglas Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in 2006 to provide small grants to organizations that advocate for the care, health, stewardship, and sustainability of the environment.  The Foundation offers $10,000 grants to 501(c)3 organizations that believe in these causes.  For more information, visit http://www.cornelldouglas.org/about.
Application Deadline: Ongoing 

Firefighters Charitable Foundation

The Firefighters Charitable Foundation offers grants used to assist victims of fires and disasters, for fire prevention education, fire department equipment, and community safety programs. Most grants awarded are under $1,000. Grants are available for implementing an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) program, for the purchase of fire department equipment, for implementing a smoke detector/battery replacement program in a community, and for starting up a program for the prevention and intervention of setting fires by juveniles. To apply visit: http://www.ffcf.org/phpforms/grantform.php and contact NCICG (815) 433-5830. 
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. 

The OSLAD program provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and /or development of land for public parks and open space. 
Eligible Activities include:
Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural resource preservation. 

Development/Renovation of:

• picnic and playground facilities;

• outdoor nature interpretive facilities;

• sports courts and play fields;

• swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses;

• campgrounds and fishing piers;

• winter sports facilities;

• park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms; and

• architectural/engineering (A/E) services necessary for proper design and construction of 
approved project components.

What are the funding limits? 
Maximum grant funding for an approved acquisition project is limited to $750,000 and approved development projects are limited to $400,000. The OSLAD program will cover up to 50% of approved project costs. It is a reimbursable grant program. The community must be able to fund the entire project and be reimbursed upon project completion.

How can I receive more information regarding the OSLAD grant program?
Contact NCICG at (815) 433-5830 or
By contacting DNR’s Division of Grant Administration: (217) 782-7481, or e-mail:
On the web at: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newoslad1.htm

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