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DCEO Grant Opportunities

Grant ​Description
CDBG Economic Development ProgramApplication 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 ProgramApplication 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 ProgramApplication 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


​NSF Regional Innovation Engines Program​Application Deadline: 6/30/2022: The NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) program will create regional-scale innovation ecosystems throughout the United States. Providing up to $160 million of funding for up to 10 years to establish each Engine, with up to an additional two years of development funding even before the official launch of an Engine, the program offers a unique opportunity to usher in a transformational revolution of economic growth by harnessing the Nation’s rich science and technology research enterprise and regional-level resources to address societal challenges and promote national competitiveness.
Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing​Application Deadline: 7/1/2022: ​The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This FOA seeks commercial and demonstration applications to address priorities regarding Battery Material Processing Grants and Battery Component Manufacturing and Recycling.
MBDA Access to Capital: Innovative FinanceApplication Deadline: 7/6/2022: This notice requests applications from qualified organizations for projects addressing historical barriers to capital minority business enterprises (MBEs) face by leveraging non-traditional financial resources. The projects can utilize technical assistance models, pilot innovative solutions, leverage technology, advance research and data, or provide education to non-traditional lenders.
Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications​​Application Deadline: 7/19/2022: The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This opportunity supports Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and the Second-Life Program including: second-life applications for electric drive vehicle batteries that have been used to power electric drive vehicles.
Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP)​​​Application Deadline: 7/19/2022:  The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial.
Economic Recovery Corps ProgramApplication Deadline: 8/5/2022:
​Equity Impacts Investment Program​​Application Deadline: 8/5/2022: The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is funding the Equity Impact Investments Program to provide capacity, knowledge, and technical assistance to organizations that serve underrepresented populations.
Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant ProgramApplication Deadline: 9/15/2022:  The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.
EDA Economic Development RNTAApplication 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.