Below is a list of grant and loan
program opportunities that may be beneficial to your community
and projects you are working on. Other grant programs that NCICG
works with regularly can be found on our website under the Grants tab.
Please contact NCICG at
or 815-433-5830 if
your community needs assistance applying for these programs.
Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Programs: Public Work and Economic Adjustment Assistance
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications for its Public Works program and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program. EDA funds design, engineering, and construction projects that will lead to private investment and the creation of long-term jobs in distressed communities and regions. The City of Ottawa and the City of Princeton have been recipients of EDA grants. The City of Ottawa received nearly $2 million for infrastructure improvements at the Ottawa Industrial Park and the City of Princeton received two (2) EDA grants totaling more than $1.3 million for infrastructure improvements at the Princeton Logistics Park and Princeton Technology Park. For more information on EDA grants contact Kevin Lindeman, Economic Development Coordinator at email@example.com or at(815) 433-5830. Application deadline: October 17, 2014.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
The Firefighters Charitable Foundation offers grants used to assist victims of fires and disasters, for fire prevention education, fire department equipment, and community safety programs. Most grants awarded are under $1,000. Grants are available for implementing an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) program, for the purchase of fire department equipment, for implementing a smoke detector/battery replacement program in a community, and for starting up a program for the prevention and intervention of setting fires by juveniles. To apply visit: http://www.ffcf.org/phpforms/grantform.php and contact NCICG (815) 433-5830.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
The OSLAD program provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and /or development of land for public parks and open space.
Eligible Activities include:
Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural resource preservation.
• picnic and playground facilities;
• outdoor nature interpretive facilities;
• sports courts and play fields;
• swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses;
• campgrounds and fishing piers;
• winter sports facilities;
• park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms; and
• architectural/engineering (A/E) services necessary for proper design and construction of
approved project components.
What are the funding limits?
Maximum grant funding for an approved acquisition project is limited to $750,000 and approved development projects are limited to $400,000. The OSLAD program will cover up to 50% of approved project costs. It is a reimbursable grant program. The community must be able to fund the entire project and be reimbursed upon project completion.
How can I receive more information regarding the OSLAD grant program?
Contact NCICG at (815) 433-5830 or
By contacting DNR’s Division of Grant Administration: (217) 782-7481, or e-mail:
On the web at: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newoslad1.htm
Illinois Housing Development Authority Abandoned Properties Program (APP)
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is pleased to request applications for the Abandoned Properties Program (APP). Under this program, IHDA will make grants to municipalities and counties for securing, rehabilitating (exterior), maintaining, or demolishing abandoned residential properties within their jurisdiction. Funds will be distributed throughout the state geographically as determined by the enabling legislation. To be eligible, applicants must be a municipality or a county located in the State of Illinois. The maximum grant award will be $75,000. Grants will be awarded for future expenses and for prior expenses that occurred after January 1, 2012.
Applications will be ranked according to:
(1) Need- Have abandoned properties placed a burden on the jurisdiction?
(2) Capacity- Does the jurisdiction have the ability to properly administer the grant?
(3) Impact- How will the jurisdiction benefit from receiving this grant? Does the community have an existing revitalization program in place?
(4) Budget/Cost Effectiveness- Is there a complete and cost-effective budget for the project?
(5) Project Readiness
The highest ranking applications in each geographic set-aside will be awarded until funds are exhausted. Applications are available at: http://www.ihda.org/government/AbandonedPropertyProgram.htm. More information on the overall program, process and eligibility can be found by visiting the APP FAQ.
Applications will be accepted until December 6, 2013 at 3:00pm CST.
Illinois Safe Routes to School Program (Illinois Department of Transportation)
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program cycle. The purpose of the program is threefold: (1) To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school (2) To make bicycling and walking to school safer, and encourage healthy/active lifestyles (3) To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution within 2 miles of both public and private K-8 schools. Improvements can include both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. Sponsors can be schools, school districts, governmental entities, and non-profit organizations.
Approximately $6 million has been made available for this cycle FY 2014-FY 2015. Projects are funded 80% Federal and require a 20% local match. Infrastructure projects will be capped at $200,000 including the 20% match and non-infrastructure projects will be capped at $30,000 including the 20% match.
This is a reimbursement program. Jurisdictions must pay project expenses in full and will be reimbursed once the project is complete and documentation has been provided and processed.
Each project will require a separate application. A travel plan will not be required for this cycle’s application.
Applications are due January 31, 2014.
Additional information and applications can be found at http://www.dot.il.gov/saferoutes/saferouteshome.aspx.
Mission Main Street Grants
Does your community have a local business looking to grow, but doesn’t have the financial means? JPMorgran Chase Bank is offering established for-profit, small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) the opportunity to be awarded $250,000 to execute an in place business plan that will help their business grow and expand. Chase will be awarding 12 grants to the selected winners. Additional information and application details are available at https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/.
Application deadline: October 31, 2013
Community Forest and Open Space Program: USDA Forest Service
Local governments, qualified non-profit organizations, and Tribal governments looking to acquire private land to establish a community forest should apply to the Community Forest and Open Space Program. Community forests provide places of recreation and learning, protect environmental resources and wildlife, and serve as local and regional economic stimuli. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, $4 million was authorized for this program. Communities can apply to receive up to $400,000 for their project. A local match of 50 percent is required. More information about this program is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml.
Application deadline: January 15, 2014
Clean Water Energy Efficiency Initiative: Addendum to Public Sector Energy Efficient Program
Nearly 60 percent of energy consumed at waste water treatment plants is utilized during the aeration process. Reducing energy consumption can be achieved by installing High Speed Turbo Aeration Blowers and ancillary systems. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is encouraging facilities to invest in newer, energy efficient equipment by utilizing this reimbursement program in combination with the Illinois EPA State Revolving Fund and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Incentives are based on $0.36 per annual kWh saved up to 100 percent of the purchased equipment cost. More information on this program can be found at http://www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/
Application deadline: May 15, 2014
Landmarks Illinois: Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program
The Landmarks Illinois Preservation
Heritage Fund offers financial assistance to protect and preserve significant
structures or sites in the state of Illinois. Eligible structures and sites
must be under the threat of demolition or imminent deterioration. Sites that
are architecturally significant and will benefit the public if restored will
also be considered. A project must be for the purpose of preserving (rehabilitation,
restoration, adaptive reuse) all or part of the structure or site. Grants range
from $500 - $2,500. There is a 50% match required. For more information please
Application deadline: November 15, 2013.
FEMA: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program
FEMA provides FMA funds to assist States and
communities with implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term
risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures
insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.
Eligible activities for the FMA
Grant Program include:
Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation,
Structure Elevation, Dry Flood-Proofing, Minor Localized Flood Reduction
Projects, Hazard Mitigation Planning (Flood Portion), Non-structural
Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities, Management Costs
State, local governments, Indian tribes or other
tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Individual
homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however an
eligible Applicant or sub applicant may apply on their behalf.This is a cost share program. The match
is based on type of property involved in project.
Application Deadline: October 18, 2013
FEMA: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Funding
The PDM Grant Program was created with the goal of reducing overall risk
to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing
reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. The PDM Grant Program is designed
to assist States, Territories, Indian Tribal governments, and local communities
to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program to
reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events,
while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters.
Eligible activities for the PDM
Grant Program include:
Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation, Structure
Elevation, Dry Flood-Proofing, Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects,
Structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings, Non-structural, Retrofitting of
Existing Buildings, Safe Room Construction, Infrastructure Retrofit, Soil
Stabilization, Wildfire Mitigation, Hazard Mitigation Planning, Management
Eligible Applicants include state governments, US Territories, and Native
American tribal governments (federally recognized). This is a cost share
program. Generally, applicant is responsible for 25% of project cost.
more information on this program please visit:
Application Deadline: October 18, 2013
FEMA programs are funded by Congressional authorization and
appropriation. If your project is not “project ready,” keep these programs in
mind for the following fiscal year.
DCEO: Solar and Wind Energy Rebate
Program (FY 2014)
The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the
State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of
smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois. Eligible projects are
limited to costs associated with the purchase and installation of a solar or
wind energy system purchased or installed on or after January 1, 2013. Maximum
rebate for all solar and wind energy projects is $10,000 for homeowners,
$20,000 for businesses, and $30,000 for public sector and non-profit entities.
Applicant must contribute a minimum of 25% of the total project cost. More
information can be found at:
Application Deadline: October 31,
IEPA: Electronics Waste Recycling
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering $2,000 grants to
county recycling coordinators to educate the public about the Electronic
Products Recycling and Reuse Act. The “Act” set up a statewide system requiring
electronic manufactures that sell products in Illinois to participate in a
management program for recycling and reuse of residential e-waste. The grant
provides coordinators with the opportunity to inform residents about the Act
and where they can drop off their unwanted electronics. Fliers, radio ads,
signs, newspaper ads, and other educational projects are eligible. This grant
does not cover expenses for collection events. Applications available
Application Deadline: November 1,
DCEO: Illinois Recycling Grants
Program: Traditional Recyclables: Fiber, Plastic, Metal, and Glass
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Bureau of
Energy and Recycling is seeking applications from qualified entities for
traditional recycling (fiber, plastic, metal, and glass) projects. The purpose
of this solicitation is to divert recyclable commodities from Illinois
landfills by increasing the quantity of materials recycled in Illinois and
increasing the self-sufficiency of the recycling industry. Projects that
demonstrate public economic benefits, such as job creation, will be given priority.
Grants are available to assist local governments, for-profit, and
not-for-profit businesses or organizations and colleges and universities with
their recycling efforts (K-12 schools are not eligible). Grant funds may be
used to purchase project-related capital equipment such as collection,
processing or handling equipment and project-related expansion and
modernization costs. Grant funds are made available from the Illinois Solid
Waste Management Fund. The maximum grant amounts for the grant program are $100,000
for collection projects and $225,000 for primary processing projects. There is
minimum 10% cash only match required of applicant. For more information, please
Application Deadline: November 12,
Funding for Public Dog Parks
The Nutro Company’s ROOM TO RUN Dog Park Appreciation Project is designed to enhance public dog parks and off-leash areas across the United States. In 2013, 30 grants of $2,000 each will be awarded to existing public nonprofit dog parks (run by townships, governments, or nonprofit organizations) to help fund enhancement efforts. Community members are encouraged to fill out a grant application to request support for their local dog parks by August 31, 2013; grant money will be provided directly to selected parks through September 2013.
Illinois Trails Grant Programs: Snowmobile Grant Program- IDNR
The state-funded Snowmobile Grant Program for local governments is financed from the registration fees of snowmobiles and provides up to 50% reimbursement of approved facility development/ rehabilitation costs and 90% of approved trail corridor land acquisition costs for public snowmobile trails and areas in the state. This program is available to any unit of local government located in a region of Illinois with sufficient snow cover and having statutory authority to acquire and develop lands for public park and recreation purposes. Examples of eligible project costs include:
• Land acquisition for snowmobile areas / trail corridors
• Snowmobile trail construction and signage
• Trail grooming equipment
• Parking areas, security lighting, restroom facilities, and warming shelters
• Snowmobiles and communication equipment for local agency patrol use
This year’s Snowmobile grant application deadline has been extended to September 3, 2013.
FEMA Assistance (Flood Related)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals and
businesses who sustained losses in a designated county during flooding from
April 16 through May 5, 2013 apply for assistance by registering online
via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov
call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or
Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone
numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week
until further notice. As of June 3, approximately $76 million has been
approved for individual assistance and $4.7 million has been approved for Small
Business Administration loans.
Hope VI Main Street Grant Program (U.S. Department of Housing &
The purpose of the HOPE
VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in
the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main
Street” area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable
housing units. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop Main Street
areas; Preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main
Street areas; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and
provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Program is highly
competitive. Only one (1) award in the amount of $500,000 is available.
Applicant must be a local government for a community population of 50,000 or
less and have 100 or fewer physical public housing units within its
jurisdiction. Please refer to grant posting for additional eligibility
requirements. For more information, please visit
Application Deadline: July 22, 2013.
Transportation Enhancement Program (IDOT Reimbursement Program)
The Illinois Department
of Transportation (IDOT) is now accepting online applications for Illinois
Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) projects. The goal of ITEP is to
allocate resources to well-planned projects that provide and support alternate
modes of transportation, enhance the transportation system through preservation
of visual and cultural resources, and improve the quality of life for members
of the communities.
This is a reimbursement
program, not a grant program. It is funded by the Moving Ahead for
Progress in the 21st
Century Act (MAP-21). Eligible projects include
landscaping and beautification projects as part of a larger federal highway
project, converting abandoned railroad corridors into trails, environmental
mitigation activities, and other community improvement activities. During this
funding cycle, landscape and streetscape projects are no longer eligible as
standalone projects. Please refer to ITEP guidelines for further guidance on
Most public bodies
(excluding metropolitan planning agencies and state agencies) that are
responsible for transportation oversight and recreational trails are eligible
to apply. For more information please visit
Application Deadline: August
Business Opportunity Grants (USDA Rural Development)
USDA Rural Development has announced that approximately $2.6 million is
available in reserved and unreserved funding to improve economic conditions in
rural areas. Assistance provided by the program may be used toward rural
business incubators, technology-based economic development, feasibility studies
and business plans, long-term business strategic planning, and leadership and entrepreneur
training. The maximum award is $100,000. Matching funds are not required.
Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education,
federally recognized tribal groups, and cooperatives with members that are
primarily rural residents are eligible to apply. For more information, please
Deadline: June 28, 2013.
Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (IDOT Reimbursement
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is now accepting online
applications for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) projects.
The goal of ITEP is to allocate resources to well-planned projects that provide
and support alternate modes of transportation, enhance the transportation
system through preservation of visual and cultural resources, and improve the
quality of life for members of the communities.
This is a reimbursement program, not a grant program. It is funded
by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st
Century Act (MAP-21).
Eligible projects include landscaping and beautification projects as part of a
larger federal highway project, converting abandoned railroad corridors into
trails, environmental mitigation activities, and other community improvement
activities. During this funding cycle, landscape and streetscape projects are
no longer eligible as standalone projects. Please refer to ITEP guidelines for
further guidance on acceptable projects. http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/pdf/2013%20New%20Guidelines-May%2017.pdf
public bodies (excluding metropolitan planning agencies and state agencies)
that are responsible for transportation oversight and recreational trails are
eligible to apply. For more information please visit http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/faq.html
Deadline: August 20, 2013.
Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD)
OSLAD is a reimbursement program that provides up to 50% funding assistance to local governments for the acquisition and development of land for public parks and open space. Communities that apply and are approved for a project must be able to finance the entire cost of the project and provide receipts prior to grant reimbursement. NCICG has worked with this program and the Department of Natural Resources for many years and will work closely with your community to prepare a competitive application. This program can provide assistance to communities desiring to build projects ranging from playground facilities to fishing piers. Please contact NCICG now if your community is interested in this opportunity.
Deadline - July 1, 2013
Bikes Belong Coalition: Community Partnerships Grants
The Bikes Belong Coalition is dedicated to encouraging bicycle usage and expanding bicycling opportunities. The Coalition is currently accepting applications for community partnership grants. A partnership consists of at least one local government, a non-profit organization with a mission to support bicycling recreation, and a local business. The goal of the program is to foster partnerships between these entities to improve a community's bicycling environment. Grants may be used for the development or expansion of bicycling facilities including paths, trails, and bike lanes. Grants may also be used for advocacy projects that promote bicycling. Applicants may apply for up to $10,000, but proposals that request funding for 50% or more of the project will not be considered. The program awards $180,000 yearly and funds approximately 15-20% of the proposals it receives. For more information visit: http://www.bikesbelong.org/grants/
Deadline - May 24, 2013
The Illinois Fresh Food Fund (Loans funded by DCEO)
The Illinois Fresh Food fund is a
loan and grant program that helps local developers and grocery store owners
provide fresh food to underserved urban and rural areas across Illinois.
Created by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the
fund currently has $7 million in loans and $3 million in grant dollars
available to provide grocers or developers with an additional financing option
for their capital needs. The grant amount is limited to 10% of the loan, not to
exceed $100,000. For more information on eligibility and to see if your
community is in an underserved region, visit http://iff.org/illinois-food
Application process ongoing.
The Illinois Fresh Food Fund (Loans and Grants Funded by DCEO)
The Illinois Fresh Food fund is a loan and grant program that helps local developers and grocery store owners provide fresh food to underserved urban and rural areas across Illinois. Created by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the fund currently has $7 million in loans and $3 million in grant dollars available to provide grocers or developers with an additional financing option for their capital needs. The grant amount is limited to 10% of the loan, not to exceed $100,000. For more information on eligibility and to see if your community is in an underserved region, visit http://iff.org/illinois-food
Application process ongoing.
Illinois Electronic Recycling Program (Education Grant)
Recycling coordinators within each county of the state of Illinois are eligible to apply for $2,000 grants to help educate consumers about the Illinois Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act and to inform the public about recycling opportunities in their county. The grant application is now available online and can be filled out and submitted electronically. If you are interested in obtaining a grant, we invite you to review the grant requirements which are included within the online application. The application can be accessed at the following link: http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/grant-application.pdf
Application deadline: February 1, 2013.
Clean Energy Community Foundation 2013 Grant Opportunities
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provides
grants to state and local government agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
that have proposed projects or programs that benefit the public by implementing
and improving energy efficiency, developing and increasing renewable energy
sources, and enhancing and improving natural areas throughout Illinois . There
are a variety of grants available. To find out more information, visit http://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/
Illinois Energy Now is a program administered by the
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) that reimburses
units of local governments for improvements they make to their electrical and
natural gas systems. Projects may be small or large in scope and units of
government have the potential to be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their
cost. More than $70 million is available annually to help fund these projects.
The program aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy demand. All
Illinois public facilities located within Ameren Illinois and ComEd electrical
service areas or Ameren Illinois, NICOR, North Shore or Peoples natural gas
areas are eligible to take advantage of Illinois Energy Now. For more
information on this program, please visit http://www.ilenergynow.org/
Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants
Does your organization or agency have a project that will
provide an analytical, reflective, or a historical perspective on the arts? The
National Endowment for the Humanities is providing eligible tax-exempt
nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and federal recognized
Indian tribal governments planning grants for the early stages of project
development. Eligible institutions include, but are not limited to public,
school, academic, and research libraries; museums; disciplinary and
professional associations; cultural institutions; state humanities councils;
and institutions of higher learning. For more information, please visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/ahco
January 9, 2013.
Department of the Interior- Fish and Wildlife Service
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is a voluntary, incentive-based
program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners,
non-profit and for-profit organizations, small businesses, private institutes
of higher education, and Native American tribal organizations/governments to
restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat. Program staff will work with
the landowners to plan and implement projects based on priorities and
geographic focus areas identified in regional strategic plans. An estimated $22
million will be available to fund 5,000 projects. For more information on this
program, please visit http://www.fws.gov/partners/
September 28, 2013.
Clean Water Initiative-
Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Loans
The Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the Illinois Finance Authority has
made $1 billion in low-cost loans available to help communities fund critical
waste water and drinking water infrastructure projects. For more information
about this loan program, visit
U.S. EPA Brownfield Area-Wide
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (US EPA) will provide $200,000 to twenty communities to formulate
revitalization plans for surrounding areas impacted by brownfields. The plans
will help communities devise and implement strategies to conduct brownfields
assessments and facilitate cleanup and reuse efforts. Applications are due November
30, 2012. For more information visit
NEA Our Town Grant
The National Endowment for the
Art’s (NEA) Our Town Grant is providing a limited number of grants ranging from
$25,000 to $250,000 for projects that will make communities more livable,
beautiful, and sustainable. Projects will seek to improve the quality of life,
encourage creativity, foster community identity and sense of place, and
revitalize economic development. Applications are due December 3, 2012. For
more information visit