A greater prairie chicken.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources encourages Illinois conservation organizations and individuals committed to wildlife conservation to apply for financial assistance for projects that protect and manage non-game species in Illinois through the State Wildlife Grant program.
The State Wildlife Grant program, funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides funds for the protection and management of non-game species in the greatest need of conservation, as identified in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IWAP/Documents/WildlifeActionPlanFinal.pdf.
The IDNR Office of Resource Conservation (ORC) is responsible for requesting and administering State Wildlife Grants to support the updating, monitoring and implementation of the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan. State Wildlife Grant funds are allocated according to the states’ population and land area. Funding is contingent upon annual appropriations by Congress.
A brief, two-page pre-proposal form is due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Download the pre-proposal form at the State Wildlife Grants page: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IWAP/Pages/IllinoisStateWildlifeGrantProgram2014.aspx.
Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in January 2015. Projects are anticipated to start in fall 2015.