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Megasites Development Program Application Deadline: April 6, 2023: Research and input from economic development experts indicate that there is a shortage of large sites that can be successfully developed in the desired 1-2year time frame. DCEO intends to offer incentives to encourage infrastructure investment in large industrial sites, in order to make such sites viable alternatives for large economic development projects.
Community Development Block Grant Public Infrastructure Program Application Deadline: April 11, 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 Program Application Deadline: April 11, 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.
Future Energy Jobs Act Multi-Cultural Jobs Program Application Deadline: April 23, 2023: The Multi-Cultural Jobs Programs supports community-based, diversity focused organizations that strive to provide participants with development, economic or career-related opportunities within the clean energy sector. Grants will support services the Economic Development Regions that are environmental justice communities and/or underrepresented populations living in communities that are eligible to receive workforce services.
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


Areas of Persistent Poverty Program FY 2023 Application Deadline: March 10, 2023:  To create new opportunities for those experiencing poverty, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to help improve transit in areas experiencing longterm economic distress.
Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops (RACIPAC) Application Deadline: March 20, 2023: The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Renewable Carbon Resources (RCR) program develops science-based strategies and technologies to cost-effectively transform renewable carbon resources such as agricultural waste and algae into high-quality, environmentally sustainable, conversion-ready feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts.
Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program Application Deadline: March 27, 2023: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the OUAIP, is soliciting applications from eligible entities to host the UAIP Competitive Grants pilot project. The primary goal of the UAIP pilot project is to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production.
Second Chance Act Improving Reentry Education and Employment Outcomes Application Deadlines: March 28, 2023: Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for reentry services and programs focused on strengthening education and employment outcomes for individuals returning to their communities after a period of incarceration.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Climate Resilience Centers Application Deadlines: March 30, 2023: The DOE Office of Science program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in applications from the scientific community for Climate Resilience Centers (CRCs) that will improve the availability and utility of BER research, data, models, and capabilities to address climate resiliency, particularly by underrepresented or vulnerable communities.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Application Deadlines: March 31, 2023: The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.
Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants Application Deadlines: March 31, 2023: The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. 
Water Research and Development for Oil and Gas Produced Water and Coal Combustion Residuals Wastewater Associated with Coal Power Plants Application Deadline: April 12, 2023:  The combined objectives of reducing oil and natural gas wastewater volume, beneficial reuse of subsurface energy industry wastewater, potential mitigation of induced seismicity, and characterization and/or recovery of critical resources from oil/natural gas produced water and/or coal combustion residuals wastewater associated with coal power generation are the drivers for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Application Deadline: April 14, 2023: In recognition of the significance of Route 66 to America’s heritage, Congress passed an act in 1999 to create the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Administered by the National Park Service, the program is dedicated to preserving the special places and stories of the historic highway.
Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) Application Deadline: April 19, 2023: The goal of Future Manufacturing is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today.
EECBG Program Formula Grant Application Deadline: April 28, 2023:  A variety of programs for eligible state, local, and Tribal governments that will fund projects and programs designed to cut carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy use.
Regional Food System Partnerships Application Deadline: May 2, 2023: The RFSP supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The RFSP focuses on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience, and this includes pandemic response and recovery. Applicants will work with their partners to catalyze the development of local or regional food systems.
Large Wind Turbine Materials and Manufacturing Application Deadline: May 9, 2023: Large Wind Turbine Materials and Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Announcement. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on behalf of the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO).
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Application Deadline: June 8, 2023: The Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No. DE-FOA-0002907. Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement, as supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program will support projects by small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms to establish new or re-equip or expand existing industrial facilities in eligible energy communities to produce or recycle advanced energy property.
Clean Energy to Communities Program Application Deadline: Rolling: C2C connects local governments, tribes, electric utilities, and community-based organizations with national laboratory experts and customized, cutting-edge analysis to achieve clean energy systems that are reflective of local and regional priorities.
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.