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Ongoing Grant Program

The Central Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society offers grant funds of up to $1000 to individuals or groups for support of projects that promote the conservation of Illinois native plants and natural communities. Adult and student groups, community organizations, prospective Eagle Scouts, Master Gardeners, environmental interns, and others are encouraged to apply. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, activities such as studies of native plants (including those that are threatened or endangered), site inventories and community ecology; projects to control exotic species; projects to establish or restore prairies or other native communities; and projects to enhance school or community education focused on native plants. Examples of past projects include demonstration prairies, tree reforestation, invasive plant removal, butterfly gardens, rain gardens, and educational events.

Applications are limited to projects intended for Central Illinois. For purposes of this grant program, Central Illinois includes the following counties: Brown, Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Fulton, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, and Tazewell. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified whether the application is approved within sixty days of its receipt. Projects must be completed within one calendar year from the approval date unless an extension is approved by the Chapter. Funding is intended for new, one-time projects. Multi-year projects or requests for continuation of previously funded projects will not be considered.

There is no deadline for applying and each eligible application is reviewed within 30 days of receipt. For more information or to request a grant application, contact Edie Sternberg, Starhill Forest ArboretumEdieSternberg@aol.com or 217-632-3685.