The Canal Corridor Association will receive a grant to enhance the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail through a system of bicycle rentals.
The organization is receiving $134,474 through the state's Tourism Attraction Grant Program.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provided grant funding to 13 organizations in the amount of $1.4 million. There was significant demand for this grant program, receiving four times the number of requests than available funding.
Additionally, the Tourism Private Sector Grant Program will help attract major new events to the state or enhance existing events to increase visitation. DCEO provided grant funding to four applicants in the amount of $402,160.
The improvements along the I & M Canal trails are based upon visitor requests.
The grants, which haven’t been awarded since 2015, are intended to bolster the state’s tourism industry, which generated more than $3 billion in tax revenue for state and local communities last year.
Private sector grant recipients were DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau: $100,000; Chicagoland Speedway: $200,000; The Farnsworth House: $10,360; Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau: $91,800.
Tourism attraction grant recipients were Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois: $200,000; Chicago Zoological Society: $130,984.84; Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway: $122,500; Laurent House Foundation: $250,000; Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Inc.: $53,071; City of Joliet: $250,000; Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. in DeKalb: $200,000; City of Aurora: $43,131; Timber Lake Playhouse: $95,755.58; Champaign Park District/Virginia Theatre: $50,000; Western Illinois Tourism Council: $13,285; and Abbey Ridge Brewery & Tap Room: $106,798.