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The Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for park and recreation unit construction projects. A park for recreation unit construction project means the acquisition, development, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvements, architectural planning, and installation of capital facilites consisting, but not limted to, buildings, structures, and land for park and recreation purposes and open spaces and natural ares.The program is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The PARC program operates on a reimbursement basis providing up to the following maximum percentages for funding assistance: the State will provide up to 75% of approved project costs, with the exception of those local governments defined as “disadvantaged”, which will be eligible for up to 90% funding.

Examples of Eligible Projects Include:

Capital Expenditures

  • demolition in preparation for additional indoor/outdoor recreation;
  • site preparation and improvements;
  • utility work; and
  • construction, reconstruction, improvement, or expansion of existing facilities

Land Acquisition

  • for construction of new public recreation facilites;
  • expansion of exisiting public facilites;
  • general park purposes, such as regional, community and neighborhood parks;
  • open space/conservation purposes; and
  • frontage on public surface waters

Note: The priority of the program is the renovation or construction of indoor recreation facilites since they are not eligible under other INDR grant programs.

For more information please contact the office at 618-548-4234.