Grant funds available to Kishwaukee River watershed residents

Grant funds available to Kishwaukee River watershed residents


The Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership (KREP) is currently seeking grant applications for the Conservation-2000 Ecosystems Program from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Annually, a diverse group of applicants can apply to fund natural resource projects within the Kishwaukee River watershed. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a grant writing workshop at 6 p.m., Jan. 9 in the Baltic Mill Annex in Belvidere (920 West Lincoln Ave.). During the workshop, KREP will cover the application process for new applicants and provide a project background. The final grant application deadline is Feb. 28, 2003.

KREP formed in 1997 to preserve, protect and enhance the high-quality natural resources in the Kishwaukee River watershed. KREP is a group of local stakeholders including landowners, businesses, farmers, scientists, environmental groups, recreation enthusiasts, and governmental agencies all voluntarily working to protect the natural resources in the Kishwaukee River watershed. Membership is open to all that support the goals and mission of the partnership. Over the years, KREP members have received more than $700,000 in grant funds from C-2000 to preserve natural areas, educate people, and plan for the future.

Ecosystem Projects are funded in the following categories:

Habitat: “On the ground” application of land and water management, creation, restoration, and enhancement techniques that promote increased biodiversity or improved ecological functions.

Land Acquisition: 30-year/perpetual easements and free simple acquisitions that protect habitat and restore ecosystem functions.

Education/Outreach: Projects that reach a target audience informing them of the importance of or techniques used in the restoration, preservation, and/or management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Planning: Development of plans that integrate Partnership goals with Program Guidance principles and/or with the mission of related and relevant programs.

Resource Economics: Unique economic development projects directly associated with human access or sustainable, non-destructive use of an ecosystem.

Research: Investigation, data analysis and research of ecological factors in the Partnership area that can be used to advance Partnership goals and the Program’s mission.

For more information about KREP, The Conservation-2000 program, and the grant application process, contact Nathan Hill, KREP Watershed coordinator at 544-1576, or e-mail: A full description of the program requirements, project examples, the application process, application and information on the Conservation-2000 program can also be found on the Web:

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