***No applications for the program are being taken at this time.
The Illinois New Markets Development Program (NMDP) provides supplemental funding for investment entities that participate in the Federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The annual allotment of up to $20 million in tax credits helps to finance investments that create jobs and prosperity, revitalizing low-income communities throughout Illinois.
All applicants must be recognized as a Community Development Entity (CDE) as part of the Federal NMTC program. Credits allocated to CDEs are then provided to investors that make qualified equity investments (QEIs) that benefit qualifying active low-income community businesses.
Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC)
The program provides non-refundable tax credits to investors in qualifying CDEs worth 39% of the equity investment made into the CDE over a 7-year allowance period. Allocations break down as follows:
- 0% for years 1 and 2
- 7% for year 3
- 8% for years 4,5,6 and 7
Please refer to IRC § 45(c)(1). CDEs must demonstrate:
- The primary mission of the entity is serving, or providing investment capital for, low-income communities or low-income persons.
- The entity maintains accountability to residents of low-income communities through their representation on any governing board of the entity or on any advisory board entity, and
- The entity has entered into, or is controlled by an entity that has entered into, an allocation agreement with the federal New Markets Tax Credit program.
Please refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s list of eligible census tracts.
Generally, any business that derives or projects to derive 15 percent or more of its annual revenue from rental or sale of real estate is not a qualified active low-income community business, unless it falls into an exception in the Illinois NMDP Act.
How to Apply
UPDATE: The Department is not accepting additional applications at this time. An announcement will be made on this page when additional tax credit allocations may become available.
Additional Resources and Program Information
NEW: List of Initial Certifications for 2015
Illinois New Markets Development Program Guidelines
Illinois New Markets Development Program Statute
Illinois NMDP Allocations
Federal NMTC Awards by State
Final Certification List
Please direct all Illinois New Market Development Program Inquiries to NewMarkets@illinois.gov