Current Opportunities - BRITE Program

How to Apply: Grant Administrator Sub-recipient Open Call

The County is seeking a partner to facilitate $6 million in grant funding to Cook County small businesses. The partner will also lead marketing and engagement activities across the small business sector.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

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The awarded organization must have the organizational capacity to conduct the work described in this application and have the fiscal and contracting capacity, as well as the accounting and administrative controls necessary to effectively manage a large federal grant award. Requirements include financial stability, fiscal solvency, ability to segregate expenditures by funding source, as well as sufficient and competent staffing to oversee the scope of work and comply with the agreement.


Sub-recipient will award over $6,000,000 in grants to businesses that have received BRITE pollution prevention assessments or a similar assessment within the past five years.

Required Documentation

Budget Form and Narrative* - Submit a copy of your completed budget template.

Be sure to complete both tabs, (A) Budget and (B) Narrative. The cost breakdown and the narrative statement should capture the projected amount needed to administer a $6 million grant program, as well as lead marketing and outreach activities for recruitment across Cook County’s small business landscape. Please note, the selected partner must be prepared to receive a portion of funding throughout the fiscal year to disburse to program participants.

Key Personnel - Project Team- Identify key personnel committed to this project and provide resumes of those key personnel. At a minimum, the proposed project team should include team lead, grant processor and small business engagement coordinator.

Past Performances- Submit the proposed project team members’ past performance on at least three (3) specific projects relevant to this scope of work. Greater consideration will be given to past projects with stronger relevancy and on behalf of city, county, state or other government entities.

501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter – If applicable, applicants should submit a copy of the IRS Determination Letter or Affirmation Letter exhibiting that the Corporation is tax exempt under 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4).

List of Board of Directors - Please submit a list of your Board of Directors.

Copy of Articles of Incorporation (recommended) - Please submit a Copy of Amended Articles of Incorporation.

Certificate of Good Standing (recommended) - For applicants in the State of Illinois, please submit a Certificate of Good Standing. For applicants outside of Illinois, please submit a certificate of similar state documentation.

Most Recent Financial Statement or Audit* - Submit your A133 Single Audit, if applicable. Otherwise, submit your latest audited financials. If you do not have audited financials, you may submit other financial documents for consideration.

Missed our webinar? Watch the recorded session below!

The Department of Environment and Sustainability hosted a virtual webinar on Wednesday, June 14 for organizations interested in learning more about the grant administrator open call. In case you missed it, watch the recorded session below.

Download the PowerPoint presentation slides used during the webinar.

Watch the session on the County's YouTube channel here:


Do you have a question regarding the BRITE Grant Administrator Open Call?

Please provide your question here.

Due Date: All questions must be received by 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 26, 2023.

Responses will be posted on a rolling basis, with final responses posted online by Wednesday, June 28, 2023.