Illinois Grants Resources
According to the U.S. Census, Illinois received $21,796,254,000 in grant payments last year from the federal government.
This works out to approximately $1800 in federal aid per Illinoisan.
Federal aid helps Illinois pay for medical assistance programs, highway projects, welfare, child nutrition, special education, and many other state programs.
Despite the state's budget problems and the impending spending cuts by the governor and the state legislature, millions of dollars in Illinois State Grants will nonetheless be issued this year.
The following websites offer instructions on how to obtain grant money, low-interest loans, and other state aid.
These Illinois-based foundations are owned and operated either publicly by the state government or privately by non-profit organizations.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grants at commerce.state.il.us
Illinois State Board of Education Innovation and Improvement at isbe.state.il.us
Grant Opportunities from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at dnr.illinois.gov
Monetary Award Program (MAP Grant) at collegeillinois.org
Companies Doing Business in Illinois
Illinois Grants are often allocated to Illinois businesses to conduct research, purchase property, or perform services as requested by the state government:
Illinois Banks including Banks in Peoria, IL for example.
Illinois Credit Unions including Credit Unions in Champaign, IL for example.
Illinois Credit Counselors including Credit Counselors in Chicago, IL for example.
Illinois Insurance Companies including Insurance Companies in Elgin, IL for example.
Illinois Insurance Agents including Insurance Agents in Cicero, IL for example.
Illinois Car Dealers including Car Dealers in Naperville, IL for example.
Illinois Fingerprinting including Fingerprinting in Joliet, IL for example.
Illinois Hotels including Hotels in Waukegan, IL for example.
Illinois Travel Agents including Travel Agents in Rockford, IL for example.
Illinois Real Estate Agents including Real Estate Agents in Springfield, IL for example.
Illinois Apartment Buildings including Apartments in Aurora, IL for example.
Illinois Contractors including Contractors in Decatur, IL for example.
Except in special cases, Illinois small businesses and sole proprietors are generally not the target of grant funding. Illinois State Grants are awarded mainly to large businesses to complete state tasks, to college students to attend state schools, and to charities to benefit volunteer work.