NAPERVILLE – State Senator Laura Ellman is encouraging agencies across the 21st District to apply for Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants.

“Park development is a great way to beautify a community,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “I encourage local agencies interested in developing public parks and outdoor recreation areas to apply for this grant.”

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.