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Illinois Rain Garden Initiative

Applications are due March 2, 2009

The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is designed to empower students and communities to confront local flooding concerns, restore native Illinois prairie habitats, and learn about green solutions to storm water management.  The Lt. Governor’s Office will award 20 grants of $500 each to plant rain gardens.

This year we are pleased to announce that as part of the grant, we will be awarding rain barrels that can be integrated into the rain gardens for a more sustainable project. Each grant recipient will receive up to two rain barrels for their rain garden project. The rain barrels will be provided at a cost of $25 each or you may use part of your grant funds to purchase the rain barrel. Eligible organizations include: public institutions, non-profit groups and schools.  

Application Materials

2009 Rain Garden Application

Requirements & Instructions

USFWS Habitat Agreement

Time Report

W-9 Form

Budget Form

If you have any questions regarding the application materials, please contact Jamie Campbell by phone at 312-814-6671 or by email at