Planning for Land Acquisition

Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.

  • All active grants previously awarded under this program will remain active with no changes to their requirements.


  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations

Individual organizations serve as the grant applicant/recipient but the projects are carried out by a team of organizations, often involving both public agencies and private conservation groups.

ALL applicants (nonprofits and local government agencies) are required to provide a Federal Employer Tax ID/Employer Tax ID Number (FEIN/EIN).

The majority of grantees under this program are 501(c)(3) organizations.  If you are from a local government agency or a college or university and you have an idea for a planning project that would lead to the increased acquisition and protection of Illinois native wildlife habitat, please call the Foundation before submitting an application.


  • Identify and map acquisition priorities and divide responsibilities among land protection partners within a specific region of the state
  • Develop strategies for achieving specific land acquisition objectives as part of a larger resource improvement effort (i.e. watershed improvement plans)


  • Develop new plans that identify conservation priorities where collaborative activities do not currently exist
  • Involve users who are committed to taking action as a result of the plan
  • Proposal budget and work plan demonstrates collaboration
  • Planning activities are designed to lead to immediate transactions resulting in the protection of key natural areas


Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.