Municipal leaders should apply now for $25 million in Rebuild Illinois grant funds available through the Fast-Track Public Infrastructure program, according to Senator Chuck Weaver.
The objective of this program is to stimulate the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis by quickly getting Illinoisans back to work on public infrastructure projects that are valuable to their communities.
“Our state has been placed in a state of economic limbo by one-size-fits-all Executive Orders. It is important to make use of fiscal opportunities like this to get our communities moving again,” Weaver said. “The projects will improve local infrastructure and provide jobs.”
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Applicants may apply for multiple projects, and a grant ceiling of $5,000,000 per applicant has been established. Grants for less than $500,000 will not be awarded.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Projects will be funded on a first-come, first- qualified, first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted until June 15, or until funds have been exhausted.
Eligible projects 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