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IDNR awards $231,000 in off-highway vehicle recreation grants

Press Release - Monday, November 13, 2023

SPRINGFIELD - Two grants totaling $231,310 for the acquisition of land for off-highway vehicle recreation have been awarded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The off-highway vehicle grant program provides financial assistance to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other eligible groups or individuals (Section 3045.20 of the Illinois Administrative Code) to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks, trailside facilities, and trails that are open and accessible to the public in Illinois, as well as for maintenance and repair of parks, trails and trailside facilities.

Grant recipients are:

• Clark County Park District - $91,300 grant to help add a restroom, pavilion, and security facility to existing off-highway vehicle trails.

• James W. Lowry Jr. - The Cliffs will receive a $140,000 grant to purchase equipment to maintain riding trails and gravel to improve a parking lot in Manlius Township in LaSalle County.

Funds for the grant program are derived from revenue generated in the Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund, a special fund in the state treasury.

Grant funds come from two primary sources. All-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles (purchased for uses other than agricultural) must apply for a $30 certificate of title. Those funds are used for the OHV grant program. In addition, riders must purchase a public access sticker for machines operated on sites supported by off-highway vehicle grant funds. These stickers range in price - $26, $11 and $6.

Go online for information about how to apply for an off-highway vehicle grant.

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