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Business Development
Public Infrastructure Program
Units of local government on behalf of expanding or relocating business
Units of local government on behalf of expanding or relocating business
Local gov’t must demonstrate clear need for assistance. Eligibility and amounts determined by investment amount and number of jobs created/retained
Community Development
Assistance Program
For Economic Development
Units of local government
In underserved communities
Machinery and equipment
Working capital
Building construction and renovation
Public infrastructure for specific ED project


Local gov’t NOT located in heavily populated metropolitan areas
ETIP - Competitive
Employer Training
Investment Program
Manufacturing and Service companies upgrading workforce skills, or their intermediaries operating multi-company training projects
Up to 50% of eligible training costs
Competitive application process
Training funds as part of an ED Incentive Project
Pre-qualified businesses expanding, relocating or that are in jeopardy of closing. Must meet capital investment and job creation/retention goals
Persons and Agribusiness
Projects that enhance value of ag products or expand agribusiness
Improve or expand highway and rail access to new or expanding industrial, distribution or tourism development
Must create or retain jobs.
Projects for retail, office parks gov’t facilities or schools/universities are ineligible
Job Training and Economic Development
Not for profit, community based organizations working with small local businesses
Job skill training for low wage, low skilled workers
Not for profit, community based organization (CBO)
State Energy Sector Partnerships
Worker training in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries
Training for Tomorrow
Worker training that meets needs of local employers and residents



Business Development Public Infrastructure Program (BDPIP)
The BDPIP program is designed to provide grants to units of local government for public improvements on behalf of businesses undertaking a major expansion or relocation project that will result in substantial private investment and the creation and/or retention of a large amount of Illinois jobs. The infrastructure improvements must be made for public benefit and on public property and must directly result in the creation or retention of private sector jobs. The local government must demonstrate clear need for financial assistance to undertake the improvements. Grant eligibility and amounts are determined by the amount of investment and job creation or retention involved.

Community Development Assistance Program for Economic Development (CDAP-ED)
The CDAP- ED program is a federally funded program that is designed to provide grants to units of local government for economic development activities related to business retention and or expansion opportunities. The program is targeted to assist low-to-moderate income people by creating job opportunities and improving the quality of their living environment. Local governments qualifying to receive grant funds can then make these funds available in the form of loans to businesses locating or expanding in their community. A local government may request grant funds of up to $750,000. Funds may be used for machinery and equipment, working capital, and building construction and renovation. The local government may also use the grant funds for improvements to public infrastructure that directly support a specific economic development project. Applications may be submitted at any time. Local government entities located in heavily populated metropolitan areas of the state may receive funding directly from the federal government and therefore, are ineligible for participation through this program.

Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) - Competitive Component
Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is a competitive application program for Illinois based manufactures and service companies to facilitate upgrading the skills of their workers in order to remain current in new technologies and business practices. Participation in the program will enable companies to remain competitive, expand into new markets and introduce more efficient technologies into their operations. ETIP grants may reimburse Illinois companies for up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of training their employees. Grants may be awarded to individual businesses, intermediary organizations operating multi-company training projects and original equipment manufacturers sponsoring multi-company training projects for employees of their Illinois supplier companies.

Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) - Incentive Component
The ETIP Incentive Program is eligible to pre-qualified Illinois businesses applying for training funds as part of an Economic Development Incentive Project. Companies located in Illinois who are expanding, relocating, or are in jeopardy of closing may be eligible for pre-qualification in the program. Participation requires companies to meet certain capital investment and job creation/retention goals and provide a dollar for dollar match of the grant award.

Illinois Department of Agriculture AgriFIRST Grant Program
The AgriFIRST program is designed to provide grants to persons and agribusinesses in Illinois for the purpose of developing projects that enhance the value of agricultural products or expand agribusiness in Illinois.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
IDOT has several programs that provide state assistance in improving highway and rail access improvements to new or expanding industrial, distribution or tourism developments. The focus of these programs is the retention and creation of Illinois jobs. Funding may be available for transportation improvement projects related to facilities that provide direct access to economic development projects. Projects providing access to retail establishments, office parks, government facilities or school/universities are not eligible. To view IDOT programs please click on the links below.

Job Training And Economic Development
The Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Grant Program assists low-wage, low-skilled workers to advance in their careers, and helps unemployed, disadvantaged people learn skills necessary to secure employment.  The program provides grants to not-for-profit community-based organizations (CBOs), which work with small local businesses to develop curricula, train eligible workers, and provide ongoing support.  CBOs can establish a partnership with a local business to provide training to its low-wage workers, thereby expanding their skills and advancing their career opportunities.  In addition, CBOs can work with local economic development organizations and employers to identify local industries experiencing problems recruiting skilled entry-level workers, training economically disadvantaged individuals (including welfare recipients) in the needed skills and placing them in employment with these companies.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Grant Opportunities
Information regarding available grants targeted at specific workforce development issues.