Summary  

Each year, the Bureau of Economic Development (BED) partners with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to solicit grant applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding through a competitive process.       

Program Year 2020

The 2020 CDBG application for Capital Improvement, Demolition and Economic Development projects is now available. The CDBG Public Service / Planning application and ESG application will be posted shortly.

New this year: Application submissions will be handled via an online submission process. The link to the CDBG Capital Improvement, Demolition and Economic Development application submission page can be found immediately below. Links to the CDBG Public Service and ESG submission pages will be added below shortly.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 13, 2020.   Important notice for this year’s CDBG application cycle: Non-profits may apply for one CDBG Capital Improvement project and one CDBG Public Service / Planning project. Otherwise, there is a limit of one funding application per agency.

We are offering two workshops for the 2020 CDBG and ESG applications at 69 W. Washington, Chicago, IL, on the 22nd floor. The workshops are as follows:

  • CDBG Capital Improvement, Demolition and Economic Development workshop on Friday, January 24 at 2:00 pm. This workshop will be held jointly with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways’ Invest in Cook application workshop. The Invest in Cook workshop will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by the CDBG workshop at 2:00 pm.
  • CDBG Public Service / Planning and ESG workshop on Thursday, January 30 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Please RSVP for the in-person workshops by January 22 by contacting sonia.brown@cookcountyil.gov. Be sure to include name, organization, and which workshop you plan to attend.

Webinars

We are also offering webinar versions of each workshop:

  • CDBG Capital Improvement, Demolition and Economic Development webinar on Thursday, January 30 at 2:00 pm. This webinar will be held jointly with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways’ Invest in Cook application webinar. The Invest in Cook webinar will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by the CDBG webinar at 2:00 pm.
  • CDBG Public Service / Planning and ESG webinar on Tuesday, February 4 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

RSVP links for webinars:

For more information, please contact Dominic Tocci at dominic.tocci@cookcountyil.gov

Program Year 2020 Application Guides

Other Resources