Rebuild Distressed Communities Program

Rebuild Distressed Communities is a $25 million economic recovery program to support economically distressed Illinois businesses and communities that have sustained property damage due to civil unrest on or after May 25th, 2020.

DCEO has partnered with two community organizations, Local Initiative Services Corporation (LISC) and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. (CNI), to operate the program on behalf of DCEO.

The Rebuild Distressed Communities grant program will reimburse the cost of repairs for structural damages, including repairs to storefronts and entrances, improving electrical systems, and restoring exterior work. For work yet to be completed, LISC and CNI will partner with local contractors and pay for them to perform the work.

The program will prioritize small businesses, underinsured or uninsured businesses, businesses that have a high community impact – such as grocery stores – and businesses in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment.  The program also prioritizes the use of BEP-certified contractors, including minority- and women-owned businesses, to do the repair work.

WHEN TO APPLY: Applicants can begin submitting their applications in the coming weeks.  Check back to this page for the link to the application website.

MORE INFORMATION: Applicants are encouraged to review the following documentation prior to applying. The following documents are preliminary and subject to change up until we begin receiving applications.


WEBINARS: LISC, CNI, and DCEO will be hosting webinars to provide potential applicants with an overview of the Rebuild Distressed Communities grant opportunity, the grant application, and required documentation.  Check back here for links to register for those webinars.