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Godfrey has been awarded a $200,000 state grant to expand it's bike trails. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced $2.6 million in IDNR Bike Path Grant for 16 projects. The grants will help communities acquire, develop, and improve bike path facilities throughout Illinois.
The Village of Godfrey received the funds from the IDNR Bike Path Grant, for the development of the F.E. Widman Trail, to acquire and develop a 1-mile segment of the Fred Widman Bike Trail. For this round of grants, a total of 17 applications were received, representing a combined request of $2.7 million. Combined with previous years’ funding, IDNR has awarded grants that have helped develop nearly 1,000 miles of local government bicycle trails in Illinois since 1990. Funds for the Bicycle Path Grant Program, administered by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), are for the acquisition of land or development of facilities for bicycle paths.
In 1989 the Bicycle Path Grant Program was approved by the Illinois General Assembly and funding comes from a percentage of motor vehicle title fees. The program provides a maximum grant award of $200,000 per application for development projects, with no maximum grant award for acquisition projects.