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Habitat Funding

What is the Habitat Funding?

The Illinois Habitat Fund portion involved in the Special Funds Grant Program provides for enhancing game and non-game wildlife habitat. Organized groups of volunteers from appropriate not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities develop projects and submit applications to the Department to help fund their projects. The grants are competitive and are evaluated for their merit.​

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Eligible ​recipients are limited to managers of land; and
  2. Eligible projects are limited to those seeking to preserve, protect, acquire or manage habitat in Illinois.

​There are now five grantee pre-award requirements statewide per Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA)

. The five pre-award requirements all state grantees must complete are described in more detail. Click Here

Project Evaluation

Grant Ranking Criteria

For best results, prospective grantees should make sure their project scope of work addresses or fully describes the project scope of work in view of the ranking criteria. Grant Ranking Criteria.

How to Apply


All applicants must be pre-qualified through the State of Illinois Grantee Portal. Additional information on prequalification is available here


Please READ the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details on this program including scoring criteria and grant program rules and restrictions. Additional documentation including project location maps, price quotes, and a habitat management plan may be required.


Applications will only be accepted online thru the Amplifund portal from July 1 - August 1, 2023. Click here to apply online: Amplifund Application

Please contact Susan Duke with any questions:

Phone: (217) 785-4416

Note: Submission of an incomplete application does not extend the application deadline.

Visit the CATALOG OF STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE​to learn about future funding opportunities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​