Early Childhood Grant Program

Notice of Funding Opportunity: ECCG NOFO
Catalog of State Financial Assistance: CSFA | GATA | Illinois.gov
Application Open Date: 07-12-2022          
Application Close Date: 10-10-2022          
Application: Early Childhood Construction Grant Application
Application Guide: Early Childhood Construction Grant Application Guide
School Tiers: School Tier List
Grantee Certifications: Certifications and Assurances
Admin Rules: Early Childhood Construction Grant Rules 

In consultation with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Capital Development Board is making $100 million available statewide for grants to Public School Districts and non-profit operators of early childhood centers. Funding is being released in two rounds; $60 million will be awarded in late fall of 2022, and the remaining $40 million at a date to be decided. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds of between 3% and 10% based on ISBE Tier level for the local elementary school district.

Funds are available to construct, renovate or otherwise improve facilities, for example by:

  • Constructing an addition to an existing building
  • New construction of a facility or renovations to an existing facility to create a new early childhood center
  • Acquisition of a facility
  • Purchase or replacement of equipment that meets bondability guidelines
  • Safety improvements
  • Classroom conversions

Previous projects have included:

  • Demolition of an existing structure and construction of a new 28,500 square foot building, consisting of classroom and office spaces
  • Renovation and repair of an existing 2,115 square foot early childhood facility
  • Purchase and renovation of an existing building to convert into an early childhood facility