The Office of Community Development administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was established by the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 ("HCD Act"). In 1981, Congress amended the HCD Act to allow states to directly administer the CDBG program for small cities. Also in 1981, the Governor designated the Department of Commerce as the agency with direct oversight and administration of the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Program. The program is currently titled the Illinois Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP). The mission of this program is to assist Illinois communities in meeting their greatest economic and community development needs, with an emphasis on helping communities with substantial low to moderate-income populations.
The Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) consists of the following five components. You can find more information by clicking on the links located on the right side of the page.
Design Engineering – Through the Design Engineering grant opportunity, local governments may request a maximum of $150,000.00 in grant funds for final design engineering of large-scale construction projects for new or expanding water or sewer systems.
Economic Development – Through the Economic Development grant opportunity, local governments may request a maximum of $750,000.00 for gap financing to assist businesses locating or expanding in the community.
Public Infrastructure – Through the Public Infrastructure component, local governments needing to improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions detrimental to public health, safety, and public welfare may request a maximum of $450,000.00 for Public Infrastructure funds to undertake projects designed to alleviate these conditions.
Emergency Public Infrastructure – When emergencies strike, communities may apply for a maximum of $200,000.00 in emergency funding to undertake projects that address an emergency or a particular urgency requiring immediate public infrastructure assistance to eliminate conditions detrimental to health, safety, and public welfare.
Revolving Fund – Since 1983, the Department of Commerce has awarded approximately $140 million in Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) Economic Development grants to more than 180 local units of government throughout the state to help them provide financial assistance to businesses locating or expanding within their boundaries. As financial assistance projects are repaid, the communities place the moneys in locally-administered Revolving Funds (RFs)