porfirio floorLYONS TOWNSHIP – State Senator Mike Porfirio is urging agencies across the 11th District to apply for Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants.

“The OSLAD program is beneficial for our communities as a whole, but especially for ensuring our local parks get necessary care,” said Porfirio (D-Lyons Township). “Maintaining outdoor areas and keeping them safe for our residents is a top priority. I encourage local agencies to apply for this program and help keep our outdoor spaces accessible and protected.”

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be accepting applications for Open Space Land Acquisition and Development, or OSLAD, grants through Aug. 31.

The program offers state-financed funding assistance to local governmental agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and outdoor recreation areas. A total of $56 million is available for this round of OSLAD grants. In addition, IDNR will once again provide funding to cover 100% of eligible projects located in economically distressed communities.

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 31 and should be submitted to IDNR. For more information on the OSLAD program, visit IDNR’s website.