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DCEO Grant Opportunities

Grant ​Description
Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program Application Deadline: December 12, 2022: The intent of the program is to generate increased hotel/motel occupancy and travel into and throughout the State of Illinois impacting the economic growth of the tourism industry.
Small Business Development Centers Application Deadline: December 15, 2022: The Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located throughout the state provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses. In addition, the Illinois SBDCs help clients with securing needed business capital, marketing, exporting, commercialization of new ideas, development of innovative products and services. Client projects range from early stage, pre-revenue concepts to established business operations.
Human Services Capital Investment Grant Subaward Program Application Deadline: December 30, 2022: This program is a collaborative effort between DCEO and the Illinois Department of Human Services and is operated by DCEO's partner grantee, TEC Services Consulting, Inc. The program supports capital improvement projects for facilities of eligible not-for-profit human services providers in Illinois.
Community Development Block Grant Public Infrastructure Application Deadline: January 19, 2023: The program provides federal funding for a variety of community-based projects. Communities in non-metropolitan areas can apply for grant funding to improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions detrimental to public health, safety and public welfare. Local governments may request grant funds that allow public facilities to undertake projects designed to alleviate these conditions. Priority is given for water, sanitary and storm sewer projects.
Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Application Deadline: January 19, 2023: The program targets housing projects which preserve single-family, owner-occupied housing and encourage neighborhood revitalization. The funds are available to local governments to address housing needs of eligible low-to-moderate income households. Rehabilitation codes and standards which address mechanical, structural, energy efficiency and other associated rehabilitation activities should, at a minimum, incorporate applicable State plumbing, electrical and lead based paint codes as well as any local rehabilitation codes and standards.
SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Program Application Deadline: June 30, 2023: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are competitive federal grant programs that provide funding opportunities for small businesses to perform research and development (R&D) on technology of interest to federal agencies. Both projects provide funding to explore the potential of high-tech products and encourage commercialization of those products. This program would provide a state match to companies that have received awards through the SBIR and STTR grant programs.
Illinois Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program Application Deadline: Rolling: This program will provide capital grants to eligible meat processing companies to expand production capacity in Illinois. This may include establishing new facilities or expanding the scale and/or scope of production of existing facilities.
CDBG Economic Development Program Application Deadline: Rolling: The Economic Development component funds are available on an as-needed basis throughout the year to all eligible applicants meeting program component requirements until all funds allocated to this component have been distributed. All awards in this category are predicated upon project feasibility and a demonstrated need for funds. Only projects that create and/or retain permanent jobs will be funded. Projects should attract sizable private investment, have solid commitments to create or retain permanent jobs and demonstrate financial feasibility and benefit to low-to-moderate income persons.
CDBG Disaster Response Program Application Deadline: Rolling: This program is designed for communities experiencing an imminent and urgent threat to public health and safety as indicated by a disaster declaration by the Governor of the State of Illinois.
Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program Application Deadline: Rolling: Support broadband deployment to expand and strengthen existing broadband network infrastructure, health information technology, telemedicine, distance learning, and public safety. 
Business Attraction Prime Sites
Application Deadline: Rolling: Large-scale capital investment projects that commit significant job creation for Illinois residents as they relocate or expand operations within Illinois. Grants may include infrastructure and capital equipment purchases.

Federal Grant Opportunities


U.S. DOT Thriving Communities Application Deadlines: November 22, 2022 & December 6, 2022: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Thriving Communities Program (TCP) aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities adversely or disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health policy outcomes have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive. 
U.S. DOE HPC4EI Program Application Deadline: December 6, 2022: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $3 million High-Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative seeks to connect industry partners with the high-performance computing (HPC) resources and experts at DOE’s National laboratories to tackle today’s toughest manufacturing challenges.
U.S. DOE Long-Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Application Deadlines: December 15, 2022 and March 3, 2023: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for emerging Long-Duration Energy storage (LDES) demonstration projects capable of delivering electricity for 10-24 hours or longer to support low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electric grid. 
U.S. DOE Smart Grid Grants Application Deadlines: December 16, 2022 and March 17, 2023: Part of the Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership (GRIP) programs, Smart Grid Grants is designed to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric power system. 
U.S. DOE Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants Application Deadlines: December 16, 2022 and April 6, 2023: The Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants support the modernization of the electric grid to reduce impacts due to extreme weather and natural disasters.
Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing Application Deadline: December 30, 2022:  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), is announcing $2 million in funding to help manufacturers adopt smart manufacturing technologies and processes that will increase productivity, save energy, and boost competitiveness across energy-intensive industries. 
U.S. DOE Lithium Extraction & Conversion from Geothermal Brines Application Deadlines: December 9, 2022 and January 31, 2022: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $12 million Lithium extraction and Conversion from Geothermal Brines research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) opportunity supports the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection.
U.S. DOE & REMADE Institute Education & Workforce Development Application Deadlines: January 6, 2023 and January 27, 2023: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Reducing Embodied Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, is awarding $600,000 in funding for the development of education and workforce development (EWD) curriculum that will work to increase the adoption of recovery, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling technologies across the industrial sector. 
U.S. DOE Grid Innovation Program Application Deadlines: January 13, 2023 and May 19, 2023: The Grid Innovation Program provides $5 billion for FY 22-26 to support projects that use innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to enhance grid resilience and reliability.
EDA Economic Development RNTA Application Deadline: Rolling: Designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.