Illinois Conservation Foundation Awards Local Projects

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - The Illinois Conservation Foundation today announced the awarding of grants totaling more than $29,000 to nine organizations for projects and programs focusing on conservation education and stewardship.

“The ICF grants will further natural resources protection and education in a number of ways – from giving young people hands on experience in the outdoors to enhancing protection and stewardship of wildlife and habitat,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Sam Flood, who serves as chairman of the ICF Board of Directors. “These individuals and organizations have some great ideas on furthering the conservation cause, and the ICF matching grants will help make a difference.”

The ICF grant program is supported by private donations, including funds raised at the annual Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet. Grant applications were reviewed by staff and a committee of the ICF Board of Directors before being approved by the full board. The grant program has awarded more than $270,000 in grants for more than 130 projects in recent years.

The Illinois Conservation Foundation is an IRS 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation which has raised more than $20 million since 1995 to support the programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information on the grant program and applications for the next round of grants, contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271,