Natural Areas

Illinois ForestThrough its Natural Areas Program, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and local governments in their efforts to protect and preserve important natural areas and wildlife habitat across Illinois.

The primary focus of the Foundation's Natural Areas Program is land acquisition. The Foundation also provides grants to assist small and emerging not-for-profit organizations to expand their capacity for land acquisition and protection, as well as a limited number of grants to enable established groups to partner with each other to plan for strategic habitat acquisitions.

The Foundation considers grant proposals in the three Funding Categories of Land Acquisition, Capacity Building and Planning for Acquisition twice a year during its Competitive Grant Cycles.

Under the Pollinator Schools Pilot Program, the Foundation will support the installation of native pollinator habitat at up to ten locations throughout the state in 2016. 

Cache River