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Snowmobile Trail Establishment

Funds for the program come from a portion of snowmobile registration fees collected by the state. Grants may be obtained by local snowmobile clubs to develop and maintain additional public trails and facilities in the state. Although grants are made to private clubs, STEF-assisted snowmobile trails and facilities must be open and available for general public use.

Applications for grant assistance must be submitted to IDNR no later than the above due date of each calendar year. Applications are evaluated for funding consideration according to program priorities and criteria established by the Department with grant awards typically announced by early fall.


Grant assistance may be obtained for the following:

  • Trail development costs including clearing, grading, and surfacing
  • Trail signs and fencing
  • Trail groomers
  • Bridges or fence traversing ramps (must be portable)
  • Parking facilities and warming shelters/restrooms (must be located on public park land).

For information on snowmobiling in Illinois  please visit Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs

***Now accepting applications through Amplifund***

Applications are due by 5PM CST, March 22, 2024

2024 STEF Manual

Previous Years' Manuals:

2023 STEF Manual

2021 STEF Manual