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The Chicago Recovery Plan provides additional opportunities for the City to invest in catalytic local development, expanding upon DPD’s existing investments and support.An informational webinar was held Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2022. Watch a recording of the webinar here, download the presentation or read answers to frequently asked questions.

What is the Chicago Recovery Grant?
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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application for 2023 is currently open, and the first deadline for consideration is February 24, 2023. Applicants who submit by this deadline will receive a decision regarding their project in May.DPD is now accepting applications for grant funding to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment.

The Chicago Recovery Plan is the City’s plan to amplify once-in-a-generation federal funding to create an equity-based investment strategy to catalyze a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding under the Chicago Recovery Plan, which includes funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”) and over $600 million in local bond funds, is allocated alongside all other available resources in the City budget to maximize this opportunity over the next 3-5 year funding period. The initiatives and strategic priorities that make up the Chicago Recovery Plan were a result of several stages of community engagement and input during the 2022 budget development process.
More information on the planned initiatives can be found in the Chicago Recovery Plan report, as well as how it aligns with federal guidance in periodic reports required by the U.S. Treasury Department. The most recent federal report can be found here.In response to the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress appropriated $350 billion to the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”). The City of Chicago was allocated $1.887 billion from the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (“LFRF”) for expenditures incurred March 2021 thru December 2024.

In order to catalyze and accelerate the impact that these core investments will have, the City has proposed to issue a general obligation bond of $660 million to fund further initiatives.Through an extensive process of community engagement, consultation and analysis, the City developed an integrated plan designed to drive transformational change called the Chicago Recovery Plan. This plan invests along two main themes:

How much did Chicago get with the American Rescue Plan?
Brief Overview of the Chicago Recovery Plan In response to the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress appropriated $350 billion to the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”).
This site aims to provide information about the Chicago Recovery Plan to residents, delegate agencies, vendors and many other stakeholders, including opportunities to join us in building a better Chicago.

The City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is accepting applications from eligible commercial, mixed-use and light manufacturing developments to apply for the Chicago Recovery Plan’s Community Development Grants. The applications pools are separate for funding requests above $250,000 and those below that amount.

This process was repeated again and again over four days. Meanwhile, temporary timbers were placed under the buildings and new foundations constructed. Then the buildings were lowered into place. All this was smoothly done, while business inside the buildings went on as usual.
Remarkably, life in the city went on as normal—as normal as life in such a rapidly growing city can be. The Tremont House, Chicago’s most eminent hotel, was raised inch by inch over several days as guests, including a U.S. senator, resided inside. An entire half block of Lake Street was also lifted in one huge engineering feat. The engineer behind it? A young George Pullman, who would go on to amass a fortune with his Pullman sleeping car. WBEZ describes how Pullman pulled it off:Following a plan outlined by the Chicago Board of Sewerage Commissioners in 1855, the city passed an ordinance to raise the grade level of streets downtown and along the river. Over the next two decades, the city gradually grew taller. Buildings were jacked up, new foundations laid underneath, and the streets filled in with dirt after the new sewer pipes were installed.

What is the Chicago Marshall law 2023?
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — An Illinois criminal justice reform law will do away with the cash bail system on January 1st, 2023, which means suspects charged with certain felonies — including second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and arson — will be released without bail.
Unlike most other cities, Chicago sat just a few feet above the water level of Lake Michigan. Water flows down, so building a system that properly drained all of Chicago’s stormwater and sewage would required a whole lot of digging. That was deemed too expensive. The city was naturally lifted up instead.In the middle of the 19th century, Chicago embarked on a quest to literally lift itself out of the mud. Water couldn’t drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 4 to 14 feet.

In other cases, whole buildings were dug up, put on logs, and rolled to a completely new location. A Scotsman visiting Chicago in 1868 observed, “Never a day passed during my stay in the city that I did not meet one or more houses shifting their quarters. One day I met nine.”
He had 6,000 jackscrews put under the buildings, and hired 600 men to take charge of ten jacks each. On the signal, each man turned the screws on his ten jacks one notch. The buildings went up a fraction of an inch. Thanks to the foresight and determination of mid-19th century Chicagoans, the city had one of the first comprehensive stormwater and wastewater systems in the country. But it came at a price: Sewage soon poured into Lake Michigan, polluting the city’s source of drinking water. That eventually led to the reversal of the Chicago River in 1900, yet another massive infrastructure project designed allow as many humans as possible to cram into the city. [Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, Chicago Magazine] NOF does not award grants for the construction or rehabilitation of residential uses, manufacturing uses, industrial uses, social services (including daycare and elder care), or places of worship that do not identify commercial as the primary use of a project. Non-profit organizations are eligible for the NOF grant, but they must be engaged in a retail or commercial activity or providing a cultural asset that is open to the public.

Unfortunately, this location is ineligible for the Small Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program at this time. We encourage you to consider other properties that are on an Eligible Commercial Corridor.Review the the program guidelines to learn about the program rules and regulations, requirements for applicants, and the application review and project selection process.

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Applicants who are new to the Submittable application system will be asked to create a free account before proceeding with the application. This will allow applicants to save their draft application until ready for submission. Unfortunately, this location is ineligible for the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program. We encourage you to consider other properties that are on an Eligible Commercial Corridor. Communications made through e-mail or the City of Chicago web site do not constitute legal or official notice where federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations require that the City of Chicago receive notice of any existing or potential claim or cause of action against it, its departments, agencies, officers, employees, representatives, or agents.The Chicago Department of Planning & Economic Development (DPD), is committed to providing accurate and timely information to businesses and citizens of Chicago. However, DPD cannot guarantee the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links, and other items contained on its web pages. All data visualizations on maps should be considered approximate. DPD is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages that are referenced by or that reference to this web page other than an official City of Chicago web page. DPD also retains the right to change any content on its web site without prior notice.For the year 2023, a joint Universial Small Grant Application has been created to support the NOF as well as the Climate Infrastructre Fund, Equitable Transit Oriented Development and the Chicago Recovery Plan – Community Development Grant.

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To apply to the NOF, Climate Inrasture Fund, Equitable Transit Oriented Development or the Chicago Recovery Plan – Community Development Grant (grants of $250,000 or less only), please begin here.

“These latest investments further signify the City of Chicago’s commitment to the incredible arts and cultural organizations and artists found in all 77 neighborhoods,” said Claire Rice, Executive Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, a “Chicago Arts Recovery Program” grantee. “We thank the Mayor and First Lady for recognizing the civic, social, and economic impact of our $3.2 billion industry, representing over 85,000 jobs, as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.”
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Local Leaders Celebrate Mayor Lightfoot’s Unprecedented $16.5M Investment in Arts Nonprofits in 2023“Nonprofit arts organizations are essential to the fabric of our city,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “The 2023 Cultural Grants program supports the nonprofits that empower artists and creative workers and ensure their continued recovery from the pandemic. This latest program builds upon our ongoing commitment to revitalize and strengthen the city’s diverse arts community.”

The new “Chicago Arts Recovery Program” supports marketing and audience development, facilities, technology, planning, and workforce development for nonprofit arts organizations. Supported by federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, this program provides arts organizations with resources to examine and address ongoing challenges brought on or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants awarded range from $50,000 – $235,000 and include participation in learning cohorts. The list of grantees is available at is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

What is the Chicago After 22 program?
After 22 is a trailblazing initiative that links Chicagoans with developmental disabilities to educational and career opportunities. Now, young adults with developmental disabilities in Chicago will have access to the resources they need to succeed.
“Under Mayor Lightfoot’s leadership, we’ve made unprecedented investments in arts and culture,” said DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey. “In 2022, a transformational $10 million boost to our Cultural Grants budget means we’ll no longer rely solely on the hotel occupancy tax to fund the arts — and in 2023, we’re making the largest investment in arts nonprofits in DCASE’s history. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure that Chicago remains an innovative and thriving cultural hub.”

CHICAGO, IL, May 9, 2023 — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced 77 “Chicago Arts Recovery Program” grantees, providing $10 million in project grant funding to aid local arts organizations still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. This new program, combined with DCASE’s annual “CityArts Program” providing $6.5 million in general operating support (with new grantees to be announced in July), totals $16.5 million in direct support to Chicago arts nonprofits in 2023 — the largest in DCASE’s history.
The Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) program is now OPEN! Eligible households may now apply for up to $30,000 in free assistance to pay past due mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance, and delinquent homeowner and/or condo association fees.By applying to this program, you have the opportunity to receive a $150 prepaid gas card or a $50 prepaid transit cards. Applications for Chicago Moves will open on April 27, 2022, and cards will be distributed every month from May through September. Deadlines for the gas card will be the 3rd of May, June, July, August, and September. Deadline for the transit card will be on the 3rd of June.This small-grants program awards direct funding to resident-led projects in West Pullman and Greater Grand Crossing; you dream up the idea, recruit your neighbors, and we’ll fund it.This opportunity is available to currently enrolled college/university students and high school seniors. Please see below the application link and more detailed information.

What is grant recovery?
recovery grant means a grant disbursed to a recovery entity by the authority from funds provided by the department for the purpose of reimbursement of rent, lease or mortgage payments of the recovery entity pursuant to the Local Economic Development Act; and.
Greater Chicago Together is a central hub for local organizations and small businesses in Chicagoland and Cook County to learn about and connect to grant opportunities available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), President Biden’s plan to provide direct relief to Americans, contain COVID-19 and rescue the economy.

What is the Chicago recovery plan for 2023?
This plan invests in two key areas: (i) significant investments in the well-being of people and communities to allow them to thrive and collectively improve community safety and (ii) strategic investments to create an equitable economic recovery for Chicago’s neighborhoods and the communities hardest hit by the …
DPD’s Public Outdoor Plazas (POPs) Program will fund not-for-profit organizations for the design, construction, programming, and maintenance of pedestrian outdoor spaces. These plazas will highlight community-focused placemaking, support community identity, create safe and beautiful outdoor spaces for public enjoyment, and contribute to the economic vitality.

The UBR provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer taxes. It also provides debt relief for those who are able to manage the reduced rate bills for one year.
We offer grants that range from $15,000 to $150,000 and support organizations within the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, and Will counties). Activities can be local, regional, or, in some instances, statewide.

All grants are opportunities are referrals from Alderman Beale and the City of Chicago. Please contact each program individually for more information on eligibility, deadlines, application questions, and updates.
Main Street America partnered with the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as part of the INVEST South/West Initiative to serve as the technical assistance service provider to local Chicago-based community organizations charged with leading commercial corridor revitalization efforts. Interested organizations can complete an application here.The City is offering $6M in DCASE grants for Chicago nonprofit arts organizations. The 2022 CityArts Program provides general operating support and project grants to individuals and organizations. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 22nd Please visit to apply

Pullman: Laboring Together celebrates the past, present and future of the whole Pullman community from 103rd to 115th streets through, but not limited to: Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Spoken Word, Culinary Arts, Photo/Film/Video (multi-arts collaboration is encouraged) A Cohort of 5 artists and 2 arts organizations.The City of Chicago announced the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, a $31.5 million dollar commitment to tackle poverty and put residents at the center of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The selection process is a citywide lottery to receive $500 per month for twelve months, with no strings attached. The application open until May 13th. You may sign up for updates using this link here or visit Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot homepage.

After 22 is a trailblazing initiative that links Chicagoans with developmental disabilities to educational and career opportunities. Now, young adults with developmental disabilities in Chicago will have access to the resources they need to succeed. After 22 puts the individual’s needs and interests at the forefront: whether it’s college courses, a job, or community involvement, After 22 puts the supports in place for each student to forge their own path. Each partner brings unique value to After 22, which makes the initiative unlike any other in the State of Illinois. Daley College and Anixter Center are creating customized educational plans focused on communication strategies, and self-advocacy. Anixter Center’s strong network of employment partners will connect individuals to meaningful jobs and internships.

Anixter is partnering with City Colleges of Chicago and Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities to create a pathway for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend college.
The initial deadline to submit applications was January 31, 2022, followed by a second deadline of March 10, 2022. A third round of applications closed on August 19, 2022. The online application for grants up to $250,000 is now closed. Existing applicants can access the submission portal here. Applicants will need to sign up for a free Submittable account to complete the application. Taught by leading practitioners and College faculty, courses are taught in the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, The Chicago Bar Association, and in the offices of several preeminent law firms, including Winston & Strawn, Foley & Lardner, Steptoe & Johnson, and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.

What is the Chicago program?
The Chicago Program offers semester-long Chicago-based courses and events for interested third-year students. 871 subscribers. The Chicago Program at Illinois Law.
Professors are College of Law faculty and leading practitioners predominately from Chicago-area law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. They offer real-world experience and advice to students, helping the transition from law student to lawyer.

An annual event in Chicago, students interested in pursuing public service have the opportunity to connect with alumni working in government and public interest.
The flexible schedule allows students to work part-time during the week, providing the opportunity for students to start post-graduation jobs early; intern with firms, government agencies, and judges to gain valuable experience; and interview with prospective employers.

First-year law students are able to meet and network with alumni and recruiters from many law firms that will be recruiting on campus the following autumn.
Through a college-wide initiative, 1L and LLM students participate in a class-wide visit to Chicago, where they receive an early and unique introduction to the practice of law. Students visit or meet with attorneys from leading Am Law 250 firms, judges, small practices, governmental agencies, and public interest organizations across one of the nation’s most complex and vast legal communities.

Events and lectures are open to all third-year students, offering fantastic opportunities to network with the College’s more than 4,000 Chicago-based alumni. Launched in 2012, the Chicago Program is designed to enrich the College’s curriculum, expand professional opportunities for students, and involve alumni and other practitioners more closely in the College’s educational mission.
Second- and third-year students are able to gain work experience at in-house legal departments in the Chicago area, at organizations such as Aon, Baxter, Gold Coast Bank, and Globetrotters Engineering Corporation. They spend time in the classroom learning about topics critical to in-house lawyers, such as corporate governance and litigation management, and then have field placements with in-house legal departments. Depending upon the number of hours worked, students are eligible to earn academic credit.The innovative curriculum engages students with insight into timely and relevant areas of legal practice as well as practical skills training essential to new practicing lawyers.

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries. Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.Applications will be open between April 5 and May 10, 2023. DCEO encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with program eligibility requirements and reach out to local community navigators with any questions. Over 100 community navigators are available across the state to provide support and to help navigate the application process. To identify Navigator Support, please view the following: The program design for B2B Restaurants, B2B Hotels, and B2B Arts, respectively, are based on legislation which established the Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1100), Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1095), and the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant program (30 ILCS 709/40).Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

How much money did Alabama get from the American Rescue Plan?
Rescue Plan’s expanded EITC provided up to $1,500 of tax relief to an estimated 287,000 Alabama workers without dependent children. Saved 219,000 Alabamians an average of $750 per year on their health care: In 2022, 219,000 Alabamians saved an average of $750 on their health premiums from the American Rescue Plan.
DCEO has selected NCRC CDF as program administrator in order to help process a high volume of applications in a timely manner. NCRC CDF is a nonprofit community development financial institution and a mission-based lender working to help bridge the racial wealth divide in America’s underserved communities. NCRC CDF will host the application, support with application review, and provide technical assistance and support on application and portal questions.In the ETOD category, 26 finalists were announced, totaling $4.7M in grants. Equitable Transit Oriented Development grants support projects that create intentional community benefits, build more walkable, affordable neighborhoods and increase transit ridership. Equitable Transit Oriented Development grantees help reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, promote housing stability and economic vitality, and improve public health. Finalists announced in the ETOD category include Abrams Intergenerational Village providing affordable housing to seniors caring for their grandchildren, and housing insecure youth, and Food Matters providing healthy food options in a transit accessible location off the Green Line in Bronzeville.A total of 32 finalists were announced in the CIF category and will collectively receive $6.2M in funding. Climate Infrastructure Fund grants support neighborhood projects that mitigate the effects of climate change and accelerate the city’s equitable transition to the green economy. Finalists were selected based on multiple eligibility factors and alignment with the following three sub-categories: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Systems, Electric Vehicles (EV) and EV Charging Infrastructure, and Green Infrastructure. Projects selected include The Firehouse, Plant Chicago to renovate a 115-year-old former firehouse into a community hub for the circular economy and Safer Foundation EV Fleet Project, allowing an East Garfield Park reentry program to replace its fleet with clean vehicles.Today’s announcement includes the fourth funding round for Chicago Recovery Plan grants since the first round was announced on May 2, 2022. Pairing City-issued bonds with American Rescue Plan funds from the Biden Administration, the CRP supports an equity-based investment strategy leading to sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much did they raise Chicago?
4 to 14 feet Water couldn’t drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 4 to 14 feet. Unlike most other cities, Chicago sat just a few feet above the water level of Lake Michigan.
Today’s grant announcement includes funding for new, innovative City initiatives, including technical assistance programs to help make City grants accessible to a broader and more diverse range of organizations.“The Climate Infrastructure Fund represents a landmark moment for the City of Chicago,” said Angela Tovar, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. “We now have funding in place for nonprofit organizations and small businesses to help realize the goals laid out in the 2022 Climate Action Plan. We are incredibly excited to seed community-level climate infrastructure and for the sustainability leadership these finalists will provide for the whole city.”

Today Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot named 133 Chicago small businesses, not-for-profits, cooperatives, and environmental organizations as finalists for more than $54M in City grants.

Details on all grant recipients announced today are here for CRP and here for NOF. An interactive map of today’s finalists and those announced in previous funding rounds can be found here.Lightfoot added: “I want these grants to set a new standard for the role City government can play in supporting small businesses to revitalize commercial corridors, fund climate resilience, build community-wealth and spur transit-oriented development. I hope each and every one of the organizations and communities benefiting from these grants will go on to thrive and remember what we have been able to accomplish together when City Hall listens and responds to the voices from every Chicago neighborhood, not just a select few.”