State and Federal Grant Opportunities

BENTON – State Rep. Dave Severin is informing constituents of several grant opportunities available through the State of Illinois and the federal government. See below for information from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Back to Business Grants- Hotels, Restaurants and Creative Arts – Now taking applications!

Back to Business grants for restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations. Applications are open TODAY, CLICK HERE , and will stay open through May 10th. Information is available on the DCEO website. I’m attaching the one-pagers in English, but if you need other languages please ask and we will send.

DCEO has enlisted a robust network of more than 100 community navigators to conduct outreach and provide technical assistance in the hardest hit communities. Community Navigators have been conducting community outreach, hosting webinars and supporting prospective applicants to prepare their documents for submission. This is in addition to small business support available through Illinois’ network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). DCEO is hosting another statewide webinar on April 6th at 2pm, you can register for that HERE

State Grants

CLOSING TOMORROW! Megasites Investment Program

What:  Megasites are large, developed sites ready for occupancy by manufacturers, distribution centers, industrial centers, and more. The competitive grant opportunity will support site development in order to attract large-scale industrial investments in underutilized areas and former industrial sites. With sectors like clean energy and manufacturing rapidly expanding in the U.S., major job creators are looking for large, investment-ready sites to locate their growing businesses. Eligible sites must contain at least 200 contiguous acres, be owned or acquired by the applicant, and be zoned for industrial or agricultural.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses, non-profits, and local governments.

How Much: $40m total. Grants will range from $250,000 to $5 million, with the grant award amount determined by acreage (up to $5,000 per acre). A 1:1 capital investment match is required.

Deadline:  April 6th, 2023 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Illinois Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program

What: The Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program aims to support communities by helping independently owned companies build capacity, create jobs and ultimately, strengthen our meat processing supply chain in Illinois, thereby making food products more affordable and accessible. Grant funds must be used to construct new facilities or expand processing capacity at existing facilities.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses engaging in meat and poultry processing. Must be independently owned and operated and the facility must be physically located in Illinois.
How Much: $6m total, with grants ranging from $250k to $1.5m. A 4:1 match is required: grant funds may only cover up to 20% of total capital expenses.

Deadline:  Rolling until December 31st, 2023 at 5pm, or until funds are depleted.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

REOPENED! Connect Illinois Round 3 Broadband Grant Program

What:  Connect Illinois seeks to achieve ubiquitous broadband access for homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions. Applications should be classified under one of three categories: (a) Broadband Access for in unserved or underserved areas; (b) Broadband Innovation for economic development; or (c) Urban Broadband for expanded access and/or innovation in qualified Illinois cities. All Connect Illinois projects must include infrastructure expansion scalable to speeds of at least 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload upon deployment. Allowable costs include network design, project planning, equipment, construction, and deployment of middle mile and/or last mile infrastructure.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, school districts, and local governments. Proposals covering unserved and/or underserved areas are eligible for Connect Illinois grant funding.
How Much: $350 million total, maximum grant size of $10 million. Preference given for a 50% match, but it is not required for an application to be competitive.
Deadline:  Rolling through 2024, or until funds are depleted
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Federal Grants

More can be found on DCEO’s website or

Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG)

What: The goal of Future Manufacturing is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today. Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2023 under this solicitation: Future Cyber Manufacturing Research, Future Eco Manufacturing Research, Future Biomanufacturing Research. This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.

Potential Applicants: Unrestricted but interdisciplinary teams commensurate with the scope of the proposed research, education plan, and budget are required. Proposals must include demonstrated expertise among the team members to carry out the proposed research, education, and workforce development activities.

How Much: For Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG)  up to $3,000,000 for up to four years. For Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) up to $500,000 for up to two years.

Deadline: April 19, 2023

Apply: HERE

EDA Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance Program

What:  Grants under these programs are 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. These grants seek to promote critical, cutting-edge research and best practices with practitioners in the economic development field. They also support a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope.

Potential Applicants:  Local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, individuals, or for-profit organizations.

How Much: $1.5 million

Deadline:  Rolling
Apply: Information can be found HERE.