Illinois Department of Natural Resources
The Illinois "Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development" (OSLAD) and federal "Land and Water Conservation Fund" (LWCF) programs are grant programs that provide up to 50% funding assistance to eligible units of local government for approved land acquisition and/or development projects for public outdoor recreation purposes. Actual grant payment is provided on a reimbursement basis after the approval process is satisfactorily completed and actual, eligible costs determined.

Except for jurisdictions having populations exceeding 2 million residents, maximum OSLAD/LWCF grant awards to any one project in a given year is currently limited to $750,000 for approved land acquisition projects and $400,000 for approved development (construction) projects.

For more information or to meet with a Farnsworth Group grant specialist, contact:

Michelle Brown at
Gary Davis at

Click here for the Grant Program website.