Grants & Loans

The Illinois EPA provides financial assistance for certain land, air and water related projects. Those programs include:

Brownfields Financial Help – Illinois EPA offers financial help for brownfield site investigations and cleanups.

Underground Storage Tank Fund –The Illinois EPA provides assistance to tank owners and operators to help pay for cleaning up leaks from petroleum underground storage tanks.   

Unsewered Communities - The Illinois EPA offers two grant programs to assist communities with inadequate or nonexistent wastewater collection and treatment facilities.

Water Quality Grants – The Illinois EPA manages several programs that offer grants to help implement local water projects.

Wastewater/Stormwater and Drinking Water Loans – The Illinois EPA provides low interest loans through the State Revolving Fund (SRF), which includes two loan programs:

  • The Water Pollution Control Loan Program for wastewater and stormwater projects; and
  • The Public Water Supply Loan Program for drinking water projects.

Driving a Cleaner Illinois - Driving a Cleaner Illinois is the Illinois EPA’s grant program developed to distribute funding for various types of diesel emission reduction projects involving on-road vehicles, off-road equipment, and electric charging.  The Driving a Cleaner Illinois Program receives funding from a variety of sources, including the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Program, and Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. 

Other Funding Opportunities

Smart Energy Design Assistance Center

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity