(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday announced the release of funds for more than $14 million in capital improvement projects at state parks and recreation areas managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The money was included in the Fiscal Year 2019 bipartisan budget signed back in June and will affect at least six locations, two of which are in downstate Illinois. While Fort Massac State Park near Metropolis will get nearly $2.8 million to aid in various site improvements, the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County just north of Carlyle will receive $438,900 for much needed renovations to park facilities. For more on information and/or details on Illinois state parks and recreation opportunities, go to the IDNR website, available online, at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Secretary of State’s office announced yesterday that $4 million in grant funding it now available for community organizations to apply for involving “Census Participation” and “Assisting Immigrant Communities in Navigating Government Services.” Applications must be received by November 7, four weeks from yesterday. Grant applicants will be required to submit information about their organization, its mission, the amount of the grant request, and detail how the funds will be utilized if awarded. For details or to apply, logon to the Secretary’s website, at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that Region 5 updates are now available to the public concerning the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Since flooding is the most frequent disaster in the United States, it’s part of FEMA’s strategic plan to better help individuals, businesses, and communities recover from flood events by working with all partners and stakeholders to reduce the insurance gap. FEMA Region 5 invites downstate residents to subscribe for updates regarding the NFIP and more. Go online at www.service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSFEMA/subscribe/new.