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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fast-Track Grants for Planned Infrastructure Projects Available to Local Governments

On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (“DCEO”) announced the Rebuild Illinois Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant Program. Through the Program, DCEO will award $25 million in Rebuild Illinois grants to shovel-ready local public infrastructure projects with the intent of accelerating construction on planned public infrastructure projects and helping skilled labor return to work.

Eligible applicants include units of local government, such as municipalities, counties, townships, school districts, and other local political subdivisions. Eligible applicants must register on Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Grantee Portal and meet other prequalification requirements. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is depleted or until the Program deadline at June 15, 2020. Individual grant awards will range from $500,000 to $5,000,000.

Eligible applicants may apply for multiple 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; and
other public infrastructure capital improvements.

DCEO will only award grants to projects that commit to beginning within 90 days of Notice of Award Finalist and demonstrate the ability to do so. Projects eligible for grant funding must be public assets, must be permanent in nature and must not have recurring project expenses. Eligible projects must meet the Program’s shovel-ready criteria, as well as the minority business participation requirements of Illinois’ Business Enterprise Program. Grants are limited to capital improvement expenses and will not compensate for indirect costs, overhead or administrative expenses associated with the execution of the program. The Program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.

More information is available in the Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure Guidebook. Local governments can click here to apply.

Post authored by Eugene Bolotnikov and Daniel J. Bolin


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