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Grant Opportunities for Local Governments

Grant Opportunities for Local Governments

This section provides information about funding or other incentives for local or regional projects.  If your community is interested in pursuing funds from any of the following programs, or any program that is not listed, please feel free to contact our office.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Rural Development (RD)

  • Offers direct loans, loan guarantees, and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America.
  • Funds can be used to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services. Projects include fire and rescue stations, village and town halls, health care clinics, hospitals, adult and child care centers, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, public buildings, schools, libraries, and many other community-based initiatives.
  • Learn more about Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)

  • SRTS uses a multidisciplinary approach to improve conditions for students who walk or bike to school. SRTS funds infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements. Projects are funded at 80 percent with a 20 percent local match required.
  • Learn more about Safe Routes to Schools Program (SRTS)

United States Department of Justice

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Assistance for Firefighters Grants Programs

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)/(FEMA)

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants (HMA)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

Public Library Construction Grant Program Illinois State Library

  • Funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities.
  • Awarded based on recommendations from a statewide committee following a review process. Local money is matched by state grants, except for Mini-Grants.
  • Learn more about Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

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