On Tuesday, May 12, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity announced a $25 million Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant program in an effort to accelerate public works projects across the State. As part of Rebuild Illinois, the grants are open to units of local government that have public infrastructure projects ready to start this summer, with priority given to underserved communities.
Grant awards range between $500,000 and $5,000,000 with applicants able to apply for multiple projects. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with projects being funded on a first come, first qualified, first serve basis. Applications will be accepted until Monday, June 15, 2020 or until funds have been exhausted.
Eligible Applicants include any local governments in Illinois, including every county, municipality, township, school district, and other local political subdivision having authority to enact laws and ordinances, to administer laws and ordinances, to raise taxes, or to expend funds. In a situation where two or more eligible local governments face a common problem, a joint application may be filed.
Eligible Uses include a wide range of public infrastructure improvement projects, including projects that entail new construction and/or significant renovation or improvements of:
- Publicly owned buildings, facilities, and parks
- Publicly owned industrial and commercial sites
- Waste disposal systems
- Water and sewer line extensions
- Water distribution and purification facilities
- Gas and electric utility extensions
- Dredging of waterways
- Rail, air, or water port improvements
- ADA-compliant sidewalks, curb and gutters
- Previously unimproved WPA streets
- Other public infrastructure capital improvements
For more information, the program Guidebook may be downloaded below. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/CommunityInfrastructure/Pages/RebuildIllinois_Programs.aspx.
Please note that all uses must comply with the Bondability Guidelines attached to the Notice of Funding Opportunity and only projects able to demonstrate the ability to break ground within 90 days of receiving a Notice of State Award Finalist (NOSAF) will be eligible for grants.