Illinois officials are awarding $100,000 in grants from donated funds to wildlife preservation projects.
The Wildlife Preservation Fund is a voluntary contribution check-off option on the Illinois income tax form.
Department of Natural Resources officials say the advisory committee overseeing the money has awarded grants to 26 projects, with the top seven ranging from about $5,000 to $16,000. The recipients include the Chicago Botanic Garden; three different projects within the Natural Resources Department; the Illinois Audubon Society and two projects at the University of Illinois.
Nineteen grants of $2,000 or less were awarded to such organizations as the Bird Conservation Network; Campton Township’s Harley Woods Restoration; the Kane County Deer Run East Property Owners; the Douglas-Hart Nature Center; and various Illinois Raptor Centers.