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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Urban Development Projects

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

GrantWatch ID# 140901
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Village of Skokie
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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Village of Skokie

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/23/22 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for community development activities that enhance the quality of life for low- to moderate-income residents. Funding is intended for activities including social services, housing programs, infrastructure improvement projects, rehabilitation, property acquisitions, and other activities consistent with local planning goals. All construction and rehabilitation projects must be located within the Village of Skokie.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants to entitlement communities to develop viable urban areas by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities – principally to benefit low-income persons. The grant amount is based on the federal budget and a formula calculation. The funding amounts vary from year to year.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities, and must give maximum feasible priority to activities that either benefit low-income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight. Other activities may be carried out after the community certifies that they meet other community development needs with a particular urgency. Existing conditions must pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the entire community in order to be declared as urgent. Activities that do not meet one of these broad national objectives may not be undertaken with CDBG funds.

Activities that can be carried out with CDBG funds include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation assistance, building demolition, rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures, and construction/rehabilitation of public facilities and improvements such as streets, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhood centers. In addition, CDBG funds may be used to pay for public services and activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources. Entitlement communities may also provide assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development activities that can document that they primarily benefit low-income persons.

Skokie’s CDBG program will provide a better quality of life for low/moderate-income residents through “bricks and mortar” projects and service activities. The Village’s goals to achieve this vision:

  • Make housing affordable, accessible and sustainable
  • Improve public infrastructure
  • Improve facilities
  • Provide financial assistance for programs and services
  • Conduct planning and administration activities


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications must include proof of nonprofit determination.

All projects must conform to Village of Skokie codes and ordinances. Buildings must conform to zoning and property standards to be considered for funding.

The types of activities that are generally ineligible include: improvements to buildings for the general conduct of government, political activities, direct income payments to individuals, and construction of new housing or other facilities offering 24-hour care.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: Friday, December 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Proposals will not be accepted after this date and time. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

Applicants are required to attend the Board of Trustees' meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, to briefly present their proposals at a public hearing. Staff recommendations will be presented to the Board on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at which time the Board will vote on funding allocations. All Board of Trustees meetings begin at 8:00 p.m. CDBG public hearings are held immediately following all regular municipal business.

Funding Match: Since requests for funding typically exceed available funds, construction/rehabilitation “facility” projects must include a 25% minimum funding match by the sponsoring agency. The Village’s maximum share will be 75% of the cost estimate or the final bid, whichever is less.

Estimated Size of Grant
- The recommended minimum request for funding is $5,000.
- Potential applicants should note that public service funds are extremely limited. Grants of this type are usually of a supplemental nature to an existing program.

Contact Information
Submit complete applications to:
Village of Skokie
Community Development Department
Attn: Community Development Director
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077

If you have any questions about program eligibility or the application form, please contact the Community Development Department at or 847-933-8224.

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