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Funding Opportunities

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

We participate in a Funding Opportunities Working Group. This page is a collection of current funding opportunities across Illinois.

  • DCEO
      • Equitable Energy Future Grant Program
        • Eligibility includes:
          • “Equity Eligible Contractors, per the definition in the Illinois Power Agency Act”
          • “An Illinois business or nonprofit or cooperative organization that meets the equity building criteria in paragraph (9.5) of subsection (g) of Section 8-103B of the Public Utilities Act”
          • Please read the NOFO for full criteria, pages 4-5
        • Award Range: $250,000 - $1,000,000
        • Deadline: June 30, 2024 at 5:00PM

     

     

      • For a complete list of DCEO grants, please visit our website. Please note there are several due June 2024 that I didn’t list in case you want to go to our website and review those now.

     

      • Illinois Works Bid Credit Program
        • Eligibility: “Contractors or subcontractors that employ apprentices that have completed the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program on any project (stated or privately funded) are eligible to earn bid credits they can use to make their bids for future state-funded public works projects more competitive.”
        • Bid Credit Range: varies, here is more info on bid credits

     

    • Additional State
      • Illinois Power Agency Request for Qualifications Racial Disparity Study Consultant
        • Description: Illinois Power Agency (IPA) is “seeking qualified and knowledgeable experts or expert firms (“Offerors”) to conduct a complete, comprehensive, and legally supportable Racial Disparity and Availability Study to assess the presence and impact of racial discrimination or disparities in Illinois’ clean energy economy”
        • Deadline: June 21, 2024 by 5:00pm

     

      • Illinois Treasurer’s Office – Charitable Trust Grant
        • Description: Open to
          • Small non-profits that have charitable programs in: Food, Economic & Workforce Development
          • Additional criteria listed on the Illinois Treasurer’s website, click HERE.
        • Award Range: grants of up to $20,000
        • Deadline: September 30, 2024 (opens up on July 1, 2024)

     

    • Federal Government

     

      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program (Community Chamber Grants)
        • Description: “The Community Change Grants will fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. This historic level of support will enable communities and their partners to overcome longstanding environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions to meet community needs now and for generations to come. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million - $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million - $3 million.”. Here is a link to more info, click HERE.
        • Award Range: up to $20,000,000
        • Deadline: November 21, 2024 at 10:59 PM

     

    • Local Governments

     

      • ​City of Chicago - Community Development Grants
        • Description: “The Chicago Recovery Plan provides opportunities for the City to invest in catalytic developments that expand upon DPD’s existing investments and support.” “Open to community developers, business owners and entrepreneurs, and property owners.”
        • Award Range: more than $250,000
        • Deadline: August 9, 2024

     

     

      • Village of Gurnee – Impact Grant
        • Description: “This is a 1:1 matching grant open to a business of any size located within the Village of Gurnee corporate limits, generate sales tax, in good standing with the Village and compliant with all obligations, & a building owner of a qualifying business. No minimum project size with a rolling application period.”
        • Award Range: $10,000 - $20,000

     

    • Private/Community Resources

     

      • Pitch Competition! for Early Stage, Neighborhood-base BIPOC & Woman owned Startups
        • Description: “TechRise by P33 hosts pitch competitions to provide startup capital, networks, and knowledge to Chicagoland’s overlooked entrepreneurs”. Open to founders in the following Chicago neighborhoods: Englewood, Greater Grant Crossing, Humboldt Park, Little Village, North Lawndale.  Flyer attached.
        • Award Range: $25,000

     

      • Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program
        • Description: Open to certified minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses (certified by national or state organizations) in the following states California, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. The annual revenue of the business should be between $250,000 to $10 million.
        • Award Range: $5,000

     

     

      • 2024 mPOWER Women Black Founders cohort
        • Description: “To be eligible for the next mPOWER cohort, you must be a Black innovator and/or founder, have a clear problem that you are solving with a physical product, and can dedicate 7-10 hours a week during the 6-month program beginning in August 2024”
        • Award Range: $5,000 microgrant, plus other benefits see webpage for complete list
        • Deadline: June 20, 2024

     

      • Bank of America Charitable Foundation – Nonprofit Grant
        • Description: Open nationwide to specific states including Illinois who are working on economic mobility focuses on community needs such as affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization.
        • Award Range: $2,500-$50,000
        • Deadline: June 21, 2024

     

      • The Creative Business Boost Initiative
        • Description: Open nationwide to creative entrepreneurs (Apparel, Fashion and Accessories Designing, Producing or Manufacturing, Arts and Crafts Designing, Producing or Manufacturing, Cosmetics and Personal Care Services (including barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, etc.), Food and Beverage Production or Manufacturing, Fragrance and Candle Production and Manufacturing, Furniture and Home Decor Design, Production, Manufacturing, Music, Publishing, Performing Arts, and Media, Photofinishing, and Photofinishing. You can read the full criteria here. Please note, a 12 week virtual business boot camp will be required if selected.
        • Award Range: $5,000
        • Deadline: June 21, 2024 at 5pm

     

      • AI Poverty Challenge
        • Description: “Robin Hood’s AI Poverty Challenge aims to identify breakthrough solutions that deliver results and inspire more efforts to use the powerful capabilities of AI in service of expanding upward mobility from poverty.” “The AI Poverty Challenge welcomes applications from nonprofit and for-profit entities located within the United States and U.S. territories.” Please note, “All proposed projects must be U.S.-based and relevant to issues facing residents of New York City.” Lead applicants should be a nonprofit.
        • Award Range: $100,000 (9 finalists) and $1 million (3 awardees)
        • Deadline: June 26, 2024 by 4pm

     

      • Empowered to Serve Business Accelerator
        • Description: Open nationwide. “The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is looking for a diverse pool of entrepreneurs, companies and organizations who are driving change and health equity in their communities. Applications will be accepted from social and digital health tech entrepreneurs, non-profits and for-profits making a health impact and addressing a social determinant of health (SDOH)” (education, healthcare, food insecurity, housing, transportation, environmental quality, employment stability, etc.). Eligibility includes Founders of nonprofit or Pre-seed, Seed or Series A startups. This program includes a 6 week training.
        • Award Range: varies between $1,000 - $50,000
        • Deadline: June 28, 2024

     

      • 2025 Here to Be Grant
        • Description: Open globally to registered nonprofits, or charities, or fiscally sponsored by one who work to advance wellbeing outcomes through physical, mental, and/or social programming, have an annual budget of less than $2 million, have diverse and representative leadership, and serve populations most impacted by systemic inequity..
        • Award Range: up to $50,000
        • Deadline: June 28, 2024 (opens June 3, 2024)

     

      • Verizon Small Business Digital Ready – Grants
        • Description: Open nationwide to small business owners. “Prospective grantees must register with Verizon’s Digital Ready program and complete 2 online courses” in order to be eligible for the grant.
        • Award Range: $10,000
        • Deadline: June 28, 2024

     

      • Intuit Quickbooks Grant Program
        • Description: Open nationwide to small businesses who have been operating for at least 1 year and have no more than 99 W-2 employees. For a complete list of criteria, click HERE.
        • Award Range: $10,000 and coaching
        • Deadline: June 30, 2024

     

      • Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award
        • Description: National competition. “The Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations in the United States that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships with public, private or social sector leaders who are working together as equal partners, not as donors and recipients, to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good.”
        • Award Range: $50,000 - $100,000 plus additional perks
        • Deadline: July 1, 2024

     

      • 2024 She’s Connected by AT&T
        • Description: Open nationwide to women owned businesses who have 50 or less employees
        • Award Range: $50,000, 1 year AT&T service with a brand new device, etc. (see webpage for more info)
        • Deadline: July 10, 2024

     

      • Envisioning Justice Grants for Organizations
        • Description: Illinois Humanities partners with groups throughout the state to use the arts and humanities to spark statewide conversations about the impact of mass incarceration, envision community-based solutions, and facilitate healing.” Open to nonprofits in Illinois. “Based anywhere in Illinois; individuals from the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: East St. Louis, Decatur, Carbondale, Galesburg, Urbana-Champaign, and the Bloomington-Normal Metro Area. However, applicants from anywhere in Illinois are eligible”
        • Award Range: up to $10,000
        • Deadline: July 16, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

     

      • South Side Pitch by IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship
        • Description: Open to businesses in the South Side of Chicago, who have less than 50 employees, not part of a franchise, and make less than $1 million in annual revenue. For more info on criteria, click HERE.
        • Award Range: varies
        • Deadline: August 5, 2024 (portal doesn’t open until June 17, 2024)

     

      • KFC Foundation - 2024 Kentucky Fried Wishes Grant
        • Description: Open nationwide to nonprofits. This cycle will focus on expanding access to food and shelter such as Food pantry remodel, Community garden creation, Building repairs and renovations, Beautification of community space.
        • Award Range: $10,000
        • Deadline: August 9, 2024 (opens up on July 15, 2024)

     

      • Game On-Community Places to Play Initiative
        • Description: Open nationwide to qualifying nonprofits 501(c)3 or elementary, middle, or high schools who provide athletic spaces to youth ages 6-24 in under-resourced communities.
        • Award Range: $50,000 to $100,000
        • Deadline: September 5, 2024

     

      • Fast Break for Small Business Grant Program
        • Description: Open nationwide “Small businesses that have been in operation for at least three months are eligible for a $10,000 small business grant and/or up to $500 in LegalZoom products and services. Entrepreneurs who have yet to launch their business are eligible for up to $500 in LegalZoom products and services.”
        • Award Range: “$10,000 small business grant and/or up to $500 in LegalZoom products and services”
        • Deadline: September 13, 2024 at 7pm

     

      • Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program
        • Description: LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, are launching a fourth round of grants for the Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, which funds nonprofit community organizations offering a range of services for young people, including health and wellness, education and life skills, mentoring, and career development”. Open to nonprofits, 501c3, in underserved communities in Chicago, IL. For additional cities, click HERE.
        • Award Range: $25,000 - $100,000
        • Deadline: September 30, 2024

     

      • Midland States Bank Foundation Fall Awards
        • Description: “[Midland States Bank Foundation] are proud to offer grants to non-profit organizations and initiatives that align with [their] key focus areas: education, work force development, financial empowerment, housing, small business development and health & wellness.” This grant is open to 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 organizations serving the communities in the geographic areas of Midland.
        • Award Range: $7,500+
        • Deadline: September 30, 2024 (opens on July 1, 2024
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