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Boat Access Area Development Program


The Boat Access Area Development Grant Program is not

 accepting grant applications at this time. 

The Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion/rehabilitation, including necessary A/E services, of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois' lakes and rivers. The program provides up to 100% of approved project construction costs and 90% of approved land acquisition costs. Grant awards are limited to a $200,000 annual maximum per project.
Cal-Sag Channel / Howe's Landing, Alsip
Cal-Sag Channel/Howe's Landing, Alsip
Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR between July 1 and September 1 of each calendar year. Grant awards are typically announced the following spring. Revenue for this state funded program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat/canoe registration fees.
  Examples of eligible project activities include: 
  1. Water frontage land acquisition for public access areas; and 
  2. New construction or renovation of:
  • boat/canoe launching ramps and courtesy docks; 
  • restrooms and security lighting;
  • parking areas, access roads and walkways; and
  • other boating related facilities deemed appropriate by IDNR.

Complete and Submit your Boat Access Area Grant Application using the new ONLINE application system. This is a direct submittal of your application.

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