Funding Opportunities

This page lists funding opportunities for building improvements, infrastructure development, education, and workforce development. It is directed towards Illinois community action agencies, community-based organizations, community non-profits, and public housing authorities that are looking for ways to engage more in energy efficiency. Many of these funding opportunities are broadly focused and could be used to fund energy efficiency improvements, education, or workforce development.

Are you aware of a funding opportunity that we have not listed? Contact Linda Larsen at lflarsen@illinois.edu and we'll add this opportunity to our list, which we update regularly. Thanks for helping us keep the list up to date!

Interested in receiving grant writing assistance from SEDAC? Fill out our interest form and we will contact you.

Building Improvement and Infrastructure Grants

  • Funding organization: HUD/IL DCEO
  • Description: There are a variety of different grant types for public infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, economic development, and disaster response.
  • Eligibility: Must be in low-income areas.
  • Learn more.

Funding organization: USDA

Description: This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Can be used to purchase, construct, or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Funds are available as grants, low-interest direct loans, or a combination of the two.

Eligible entities: Public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, Federally-recognized Tribes.

Due date: Open (rolling applications accepted?)

Learn more

 

Housing Grants

  • Funding organization: HUD/IL DCEO
  • Description: There are a variety of different grant types for public infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, economic development, and disaster response.
  • Eligibility: Must be in low-income areas.
  • Learn more.
  • Funding organization: USDA
  • Eligible entities: state, local governmental entities, nonprofit organizations
  • Description: Provides grants for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.
  • Stay tuned for future deadlines
  • Learn more 

Funding organization: Illinois State Treasurer

Description: Will consider a range of programs related to Housing (including advocacy/construction/rehabilitation) and Workforce & Economic Development

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations exempt from federal income taxation.

Max funding per award: Typically $25,000 or under

Due date: Sept. 30, 2021

Learn more

Community Services Grants

Funding organization: Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF)

Description: Funds projects to shift consumer behavior regarding energy use. Priorities include energy pricing programs, applied consumer research, specific demographics, marketing campaigns, consumer facing technologies, youth education funding.

Eligible organizations: Non-profits, local governments, universities

Due date: LOI due 8/9/2021; Full proposal due 9/27/21

Learn more

Funding organization: RRF

Description: They fund a variety of programs for older adults related to affordable housing, advocacy, direct services, education and more.

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations, government entities, institutions of higher education

Max funding per award: Grants range from $5K to 500K, with most in the 30K range

Due date: Rolling--must submit an LOI first

Learn more

Funding organization: United Way

Description: They fund local health and human care programs that address critical social services. They focus on education programs, financial stability programs, and health programs.

Eligible organizations: United Way funding is typically administered on a local or regional level. Search for the United Way chapter that serves your community.

Due date: Rolling--must submit an LOI first

Learn more: Here's the United Way Community Impact Fund for the Heart of Illinois chapter (Peoria region).

Description: Provides funding for programs to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.

Funding amount: Typical range between $1,000 and $20,000

Due date: Rolling; fall and spring deadlines.

How to apply: Online application with summaries and letter of request.

Learn more

 

 

Description: Provide funding for organizations that serve seniors--transform lives and communities. Many different funding priorities, including education and direct services. Lots of individual funding opportunities in their grants database.

Learn more

 

Description: They fund projects related to social justice. Social justice means ensuring all can participate in society without interference, and that the benefits and responsibilities accrued from membership are fairly distributed to all. Concepts should be replicable to leverage the impact of any program. We are always looking to explore new and unique approaches to eradicating structural inequalities. In the broad scope of this category, we have six main areas of focus: Housing, Food Security, Youth/Education, Incarceration, Mental Health, Health Equity. We base our grant making decisions on: Originality, Potential, Feasiblity, Capacity, Engagement and Continuity.

Funding range: $3,000 to $200,000.

Due date: 11/30/2021

Process: Submit LOI via online portal. Selected applicants will be contacted for a site visit.

Learn more

Education and Workforce Grants

Funding organization: USDA

Description: The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. Can be used to build or support business incubator facility, provide worker training to assist in the creation of new jobs, train existing workforce, etc.

Eligible organizations: Non-profits, state or local entities, institution of higher education, tribal entities. Must be in an eligible rural region.

Funding available per award: Between $500,000 and $2,000,000 (grant term 4 years).

Due date: 2021 application period has past.

Learn more 

Funding organization: Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF)

Description: Funds projects to shift consumer behavior regarding energy use. Priorities include energy pricing programs, applied consumer research, specific demographics, marketing campaigns, consumer facing technologies, youth education funding.

Eligible organizations: Non-profits, local governments, universities

Due date: LOI due 8/9/2021; Full proposal due 9/27/21

Learn more

Funding organization: Illinois State Treasurer

Description: Will consider a range of programs related to Housing (including advocacy/construction/rehabilitation) and Workforce & Economic Development

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations exempt from federal income taxation.

Max funding per award: Typically $25,000 or under

Due date: Sept. 30, 2021

Learn more

Funding organization: Joyce Foundation

Description: works to increase the number of historically underserved young people who move up the economic ladder by ensuring equitable access to high-quality education and jobs. We invest in local, state and federal policies that ensure historically underserved young people have effective educators, graduate high school with academic and career momentum, and attain college credentials with economic value. We also support policies that help ensure low-wage workers achieve economic stability, dignity, and mobility. In the short term, we will invest in research, policy development, and advocacy to help the education systems recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible organizations: Non-profits, CAAs, higher education institutions, etc.

Due date: Applications accepted year round. Letters of Inquiry are required before full proposals.

Learn more

Funding organization: Wells Fargo Foundation

Description: Grant program for a wide range of projects related to housing affordability, small business growth, and sustainability and environmental justice

Eligible organizations: Non-profits, CAAs, public school system, local governments, etc.

Due date: Applications accepted year round.

Funding available: Most grants are under $25,000

Learn more

Funding organization: Education Foundation of America

Description: They fund projects that focus on the just transition to a net-zero electricity system, with a focus on local, state, and regional emission reduction strategies. Focus areas include increasing access to affordable clean energy. They fund advocacy and education efforts.

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations exempt from federal income taxation.

Due date: Rolling--must submit project idea first

Learn more

Funding organization: Albert Pick Jr. Fund

Description: They fund STEM education programs and for young people to promote careers in science and technology. They prioritize programs that target mostly minority populations or girls. The majority of the programs they fund are in the Chicago area.

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations

Max funding per award: Grants range from $10,000 to $40,000

Due date: Rolling

Learn more

Funding organization: Barney Family Foundation

Description: They fund education programs for young people, particularly children in grades K-8. They look for programs that lead to tangible results for children.

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations, individuals, teachers

Max funding per award: Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000

Due date: Rolling

Learn more

Description: They fund job-training programs that result in industry-recognized credentials and retention services. Funds can be used for capital costs for job-training centers (construction, renovation).

Eligible organizations: Nonprofits

Due date: rolling

Must submit LOI first.

Learn more.

Funding organization: DCEO

Description: Grants to Illinois nonprofit community-based organizations, IHEs, and school districts for training programs that prepare underserved residents for work in the construction and building industries. Applicants must prequalify through the online system prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to fund programs that help underrepresented populations successfully transition into full apprenticeship programs that lead to careers in these trades.

Funding amount: $200-$550K

Due date: Pre-application due October 4th

Learn more.

Grants that are not open now--but stay tuned

Funding Organization: US Environmental Protection Agency

Description: Provides funding for environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.

Eligibility: Must be a local education agency, environmental agency, college or university, non-profit, tribal education agency.

Due date: Not accepting applications at this time.

Learn more: Environmental Education (EE) Grants | Environmental Education (EE) | US EPA

Funding organization: US EPA

Description: Supports community-driven projects designed to engage, educate and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Priority for projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts and climate and disaster resiliency.

Eligibility: Non-profits, US territories, tribal governments, etc.

Funding cap: $75,000

Due date: 6/1/2021; stay tuned for future application dates

Learn more 

 

 

Funding organization: US EPA

Description: Provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) at the local level.

Max funding per award: $160,000

Due date: 5/7/2021; Stay tuned for future due dates.

Learn more

Funding organization: USDA

Description: This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Funding can be used for training and technical assistance, acquisition or development of land; construction, renovation, pollution control, distance adult learning for job training, and more.

Eligible organizations: Towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofit corporations, rural coops, etc.

Due date: Not accepting applications at this time.

Learn more. 

 

Funding organization: USDA

Description: Assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs. Funds can be used for implementation of energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures, among other improvements.

Eligible organizations: Most retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas, including: State and local governmental entities, Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal entities, Non-profits, including cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations, For-profit businesses.

Max funding per award: $3,000,000

Due date: Last application cycle ended July 6, 2021

Learn more

Funding organization: Citi Foundation

Description: Funding programs related to four focus areas: Affordable housing and access, environmental sustainability, economic development, financial health and wellness, social justice, workforce readiness and family sustaining employment

Eligible organizations: Non-profit organizations in Chicago

Max funding per award: $500,000 over 2 years

Due date: Register to apply for first round by July 7, 2021, complete application by July 12

Learn more

Description: Provides funding to U.S. and Canada nonprofit organizations to promote economic opportunities for Black youth and young adults. Funding is intended for capacity building and program support. Applicants should provide mentorship and professional coaching, skills training, and pipeline development to foster employment and career advancement for Black youth ages 14-24.

Funding range: $100,000-$1M

Deadline: August 18, 2021. Look for new funding opportunities next year.

Learn more. 

Funding organization: IL Clean Energy Community Foundation

Description: Applicants may apply for up to $2M or 80% of the incremental costs to achieve net zero energy for existing or new buildings (through energy efficiency improvements & renewables). Funding also helps defray costs of certification, measurement, verification, educational displays, and signage.

Due date: Pre-proposal due July 20, 2021. Expected to be available in 2022 as well.

Learn more. 

  • Funding organization: Home Depot Foundation
  • Description: Supports new construction or rehabilitation of multi-family, permanent supportive housing for veterans. Covers physical construction costs. At least 20% of housing units must be reserved for veterans, and the target population must be at or below 80% AMI.
  • Due date: Proposals are accepted year round, but final determinations are made three times a year. Last deadline for 2021 is July 9.
  •  Learn more.