Approaching Deadlines for DCEO Grants

State Rep. Tom Weber is sharing information on non-profit and community grant deadlines that are fast approaching. These grants are run through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

  •        Small Business Development Centers (Due Dec 15th): Organizations wishing to become SBDCs and provide business advising should apply. SBDCs are key resources for entrepreneurs and we seek to have coverage across the state.
  •       Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program – Notice of Collaboration Opportunity (Due Dec 16th): Not a cash grant, but a great opportunity for communities to receive expert advice on broadband planning. The goal of the program is to prepare communities to be competitive for grant opportunities.
  •        Human Services Capital Investment (Due Dec 30th): for human services not-for-profits that serve low-income or marginalized populations to expand or improve facilities.
  •        CDBG Public Infrastructure and Housing Rehabilitation (Due Jan 19th): For communities that do not receive their CDBG money directly from HUD. Two separate grants: one for water and sewer infrastructure and the other for rehabbing homes.

More information and links to apply are listed below.

Small Business Development Centers

What:  We are seeking host organizations to operate our Small Business Development Centers across Illinois. These centers provide training and guidance for entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses. Through one-on-one advising, SBDCs provide assistance in planning, market expansion, financial analysis, regulatory assistance, e-commerce strategies, access to capital and more. We are also seeking SBDC International Trade Centers to help businesses export and break into overseas markets.

Potential Applicants:  Non-profits, local governments, economic development institutions, and institutions of higher education.

How Much: $5.58m total, with grants ranging from $40k to $525k. Grant covers CY2023, with options to receive a two year extension. 100% match required, with 50% upfront.

Deadline:  December 15th, 2022 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE. Register for the 11/22 webinar here.

Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program, Round 3

What: A collaborative effort by the Illinois Office of Broadband, Illinois-based Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, and the University of Illinois Extension, this program will help local governments receive expert support as they prepare to leverage new state and federal dollars. Communities will go through an intensive 14-week community engagement program designed to turn available public broadband funding into sustainable broadband access. Communities will learn how to identify broadband goals, understand available funding options, and target capital dollars to support implementation.

Potential Applications: Municipalities, counties, and multi-county regions
How Much: This is not a cash grant. Approximately 6 communities will be chosen to receive no-cost expert counsel provided by the Benton Institute over a 14-week intensive. The goal of the program is to prepare communities to be competitive for grant opportunities.

Deadline: December 16th, 2022
Apply: Information can be found here.

Human Services Capital Investment Grant Subaward Program

What:  DCEO is partnering with IDHS and TEC Services Consulting Inc. to administer a capital grant program for Illinois human services not-for-profits. Projects must expand or improve a facility owned or leased by a human services provider. Priority will be given to projects that are addressing Life Safety code deficiencies, expanding services for clients, or serving DIAs or qualified census tracts. Land acquisition, building purchases, and operational costs are not eligible.

Potential Applicants:  Not-for-profits that have provided services to low-income or marginalized populations for two years in either mental health, rehabilitation services, substance use prevention and recovery, family and community services, developmental disabilities, and early childhood.

How Much: $15m total, with grants ranging from $50k to $250k.

Deadline:  December 30th, 2022 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE on DCEO’s website, as well as HERE through our technical assistance partners.

Community Development Block Grant, Public Infrastructure

What:  This grant is using federal dollars to fund water and sewer infrastructure projects to alleviate health and safety concerns in low-to-moderate-income communities. Projects must be primarily residential, as projects for commercial areas are not eligible.

Potential Applicants:  Municipalities, townships, and counties in non-metro areas. Local governments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, St. Clair, and Madison are NOT eligible. Larger cities (like Rockford, Champaign, Peoria, and others) that receive their entitlement funds directly from HUD are also NOT eligible.
How Much: $17.5m total, with grants ranging from $300k to $1.5m.

Deadline:  January 19th, 2023 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.