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Bike Path Program

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program was created in 1990 to financially assist eligible units of government acquire, construct, and rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. Grants are available to any local government agency having statutory authority to acquire and develop land for public bicycle path purposes.
 The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails manual for further instructions. 
NOTE:  Bicycle Path, Off Highway Vehicle, SNOW and STEF grant programs remain suspended until further notice. .
 DuPage River Greenway Bikepath, Bolingbrook P.D.

Financial assistance up to 50% of approved project costs is available through the program. Maximum grant awards for development projects are limited to $200,000 per annual request; no maximum exists for acquisition projects. Revenue for the program comes from a percentage of vehicle title fees collected pursuant to Section 3-821(f) of the Illinois vehicle code. 
 Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR by March 1 of each calendar year. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis according to criteria set by the Department. Grant awards are generally announced within six months following the application deadline date. 
  • Eligible project costs include:
  • Linear corridor land acquisition costs, including associated appraisal fees
Bicycle path development or renovation including site clearing and grading, drainage, surfacing, bridging, fencing, signage, and directly related support facilities such as potable water and restroom facilities. 
Important: All applicants must be registered with GATA prior to the application deadline date.  For more information on this process, please look here.