AVAILABLE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you to the Collectivo Funding Opportunities and Diana Alfaro from DCEO for providing us with these opportunities. Click on the pink title to visit each website related to the grants. Please review each opportunity and feel free to contact us for technical assistance with any application by calling 815-200-1065 or emailing Samantha at sante@jolietleda.org

Funding Opportunities:

  • DCEO
  • 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 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 (opened today 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
  • Elevate Together Small Business Grant
    • Description: Open to businesses in certain markets including Chicago, who are small business – less than 5 employees, business is majority owned by Latino and/or Black owned, and has been operating as a business for at least 9 months.
    • Award Range: “$5,000 – $10,000 in cash grants and in-kind donations of Office Depot gift cards per business”
    • Deadline: July 5, 2024 at 10:59pm
  • 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
  • Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Lab
    • Description: “NEL pairs community business owners with project advisors, project strategists, community partners, and corporate partners who provide intensive support to help execute a growth initiative for each business. A4CB invites each NEL participant based on previous success in running or supporting a small business.” Business must be seek to develop a growth strategy.
    • Award Range: 3 month program and $20,000
    • Deadline: July 12, 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.
  • Unlocked Futures Catalyze cohort
    • Description: “The Unlocked Futures cohort will provide funding to organizations led by justice-impacted social entrepreneurs to increase visibility and remove barriers to capital for justice-impacted individuals and communities”. Open nationwide.
    • Award Range: $10,000
    • Deadline: July 18, 2024
  • Cadence Cash Thrive Grant
    • Description: “a quarterly program aimed at supporting small businesses that contribute positively to their communities”(preferably impacting underrepresented communities)
    • Award Range: $5,000
    • Deadline: July 31, 2024
  • 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  
  • 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)
  • EmpowHer Grant
    • Description: Female entrepreneurs 22 years of age and older with businesses registered and operating solely in the United States. An applicant’s business must address a social issue directly or through its business model, and must not be more than 3 years old. To be awarded grant funding, applicants must self-report a credit score and agree to a third-party background check.”.
    • Award Range: up to $25,000 plus access to professionals
    • Deadline: August 31, 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
  • Her Village Grants
    • Description: Open nationwide to qualifying nonprofits. “Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that support female entrepreneurs through education, mentorship, financing, and/or other mission-aligned programming.”
    • Award Range: up to $30,000
    • Deadline: September 15, 2024
  • 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 (opened today on July 1, 2024)