Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant - Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Illinois

Location of residency: Illinois

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On September 17, 1983, the Illinois legislature passed the Illinois Non-Game Wildlife Protection Act and established the Non-Game Wildlife Conservation Fund. In 1986 this fund was renamed the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund. The General Assembly then amended the Non-Game Wildlife Protection Act in 1987 to include native plants, and amended the Act in 2005 to insure a portion of the yearly donations would assist in the maintenance of wildlife rehabilitation facilities that take care of threatened or endangered species.

The Illinois General Assembly declared that "non-game wildlife have need of special protection and that it is in the public interest to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of this State through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance." The Act provides a means by which such protection may be financed through a voluntary check-off designation on State income tax return forms.

Each individual taxpayer required to file a State income tax return may contribute to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund by stating the amount of such contribution (not less than $1) on the tax return, via the Schedule G Charitable Donations. All donations received must be used to assist the preservation of non-game wildlife and native plants in Illinois. The amount of the charitable donation will be deducted from the tax refund (if the taxpayer is due a refund) or will be added to the amount of tax owed.

The funding is reimbursement funding, and payment of the funding for projects is made at project completion when all final reports and required materials are submitted to the Department for review.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Projects 

From these charitable donations there is an annual IWPF fund total allocation amount available for funding for three types of projects. This page describes one type

  • Wildlife Rehabilitator Projects

Wildlife Rehabilitator projects proposed for funding are for the maintenance of existing wildlife rehabilitation facilities that take care of threatened or endangered species and are limited to $2,000 per applicant per year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Any individual, entity or group in Illinois is eligible to apply for funding for their projects.
  • Eligible recipients are limited to those persons who possess a current wildlife rehabilitation license/permit issued by the Department and who have provided care for threatened or endangered wildlife species during the 3-year period preceding the date of their application for grant funds.
  • Those applicants who intend to use any portion of funding received from the Department to take care of migratory birds must also possess a current wildlife rehabilitation license/permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowing that activity.
  • Eligible projects are limited to those projects necessary for maintenance of facilities used to rehabilitate threatened or endangered species.
  • Eligible uses of funding are limited to structural repair and maintenance of existing buildings, pens, cages and appurtenant facilities used to take care of threatened or endangered wildlife species (listed species).