MURPHYSBORO….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is joining the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in announcing the release of grants for local projects to help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities.
“I am happy to announce that $360,000 of open space and land acquisition grant funding will be heading to the city of Carbondale for Marberry Arboretum Accessible Trails and Fishing Pier, and $400,000 will be going to Kinkaid-Reed’s Creek Conservancy District for a short-term camping facility,” Bryant said. “Grant funding dollars have been scarce in years past, and I am happy to see entities that badly need some assistance finishing projects get that assurance.”
According to a press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition and Development) program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds. When combined with the investment of local matching funds, the $29.7 million in OSLAD grants announced this week will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquistions statewide.