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Grant ​Description
Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Urban Shelter Program Application Deadline: July 31, 2024: The objective of this program is to fund construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of property for Homeless (as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shelters dedicated to the provision of stable, safe and adequate housing; with a goal of increasing capacity to pre-COVID levels.
Illinois Clean Energy Primes Contractor Accelerator Program Application Deadline: August 1, 2024: The Clean Energy Primes Contractor Accelerator Program offers progressive courses with one-on-one coaching to help clean energy contractors to develop a business plan. It provides operational support grants, tailored business coaching, mentorship, access to Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program services, assistance with certifications and vendor status, support in preparing bids, networking opportunities, and access to financial development assistance programs, including zero-interest and low-interest loans.
Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program Application Deadline: August 5:  The Illinois Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program is a support initiative designed to nurture and accelerate clean energy contractors and businesses within the state. It provides resources, mentorship, and training to help these contractors thrive in the growing clean energy sector while contributing to Illinois' sustainability goals.
Industrial Megasite Development in Winnebago County Application Deadline: August 21, 2024: The Megasites Development Program will encourage infrastructure investments and site readiness planning activities in Winnebago County in order to support large industrial economic development projects in the county.
SSBCI Technical Assistance Grant Program Application Deadline: September 3, 2024: The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance (TA) Program is intended to provide grant funds to eligible recipients to provide legal, accounting, and financial advisory services either directly or through legal, accounting, or financial advisory firms to very small businesses (VSB) and business enterprises owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDI-owned businesses) that are applying for, preparing to apply for, or have previously applied for a SSBCI capital program or other federal or other jurisdiction small business program.
Regional Site Readiness Program - Capital Ready Application Deadline: October 21, 2024:  The Regional Site Readiness Program – Capital Ready will support infrastructure and other capital improvements on sites across the state to advance site readiness of properties with industrial and manufacturing economic development potential.
Regional Site Readiness Program - Planning Application Deadline: October 21, 2024:  The Regional Site Readiness Program – Planning will support planning and due diligence activities for sites across the state to advance early-stage site readiness on properties with industrial and manufacturing economic development potential.
Quality Jobs Program  Application Deadline: December 31, 2024:  The Quality Jobs Pilot Program is a joint initiative of the State workforce partners and the Illinois Department of Labor (ILDOL) that is focused on developing, testing and evaluating strategies that improve the quality of jobs for workers and increase the competitiveness of key industries and employers.
Job Training and Economic Development - Home Illinois Workforce Pilot Application Deadline: December 31, 2024:  The JTED Home Illinois Workforce Pilot program will serve individuals experiencing homelessness that reside in shelters or who participate in a Rapid Re-housing ("RRH") and meet the criteria of under-employed, unemployed, or under-represented. It will connect people who are experiencing homelessness to employment and that demonstrate systemic coordination of the homeless response system and workforce system.  The intended result of coordinating to improve employment opportunities is to improve the financial stability of individuals and their ability to afford permanent housing in their communities.
Business Attraction Prime Sites Application Deadline: June 30, 2025: The intent of this program is to assist companies with large-scale capital investment projects that commit to significant job creation for Illinois residents as they relocate or expand operations within Illinois.  Business Attraction Prime Sites grants can encompass a wide range of economic development projects and may include infrastructure and capital equipment purchases that will result in job creation in the stateof Illinois.
SBIR/STTR Match Program Application Deadline: June 30, 2025: 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 Returning Residents Clean Jobs Program (CEJA) Application Deadline: Rolling: The Returning Residents Program will deliver clean jobs training in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities to individuals within 36 months of their release to prepare them to work in clean energy and related sector jobs upon release. The Program will provide classroom instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, utilizing a standard Clean Jobs Curriculum Framework, connect Program graduates with potential employers in the clean energy industry, and address participant needs.
Illinois Reproductive Grant Expansion Program Application Deadline: Rolling:  Illinois Reproductive Grant Extension Program will provide grants for pregnancy centers which include organizations or facilities that has health care employees, volunteers, or agents who are licensed health care professionals. Pregnancy-related services include any medical service, or health counseling service, related to the prevention, preservation, or termination of pregnancy. Organizations are not to engage in unfair methods or deceptive acts or practices, including the use or employment of any deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, or misrepresentation to interfere with or prevent an individual from seeking to gain entry or access. 
Federal Grant Support Program General announcement open for a period of time with no specific due dates for applications: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO)’s Federal Grant Match Program will make funding available to Illinois-based businesses and organizations seeking competitive federal grants. This match program will encourage more applicants to apply for federal grant opportunities, provide critical assistance to meet the minimum match eligibility requirements, increase the competitiveness of applications, and provide the State of Illinois with an opportunity to make a firm commitment and demonstration of support for projects that are well aligned with the State’s economic development goals and priorities.
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.