Southern Illinois Cities Among Recipients of State Economic Recovery Grants

Southern Illinois Cities Among Recipients of State Economic Recovery Grants

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Tuesday announced that 42 grant recipients – including Cairo, Carbondale and Sesser – will receive nearly $3.5 million in funding to accelerate local economic recovery initiatives.

Through the Research in Illinois to Spur Economic Recovery (RISE) program, the state is providing grants to help local governments and economic development organizations to create or update economic plans to promote economic recovery. After the plans are created, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will offer grantees a competitive grant opportunity to apply for funding for specific projects including in their plans.

This program is funding by the American Rescue Plant Act.

“Cities, regions, towns and villages across Illinois understand the opportunities and needs of their own communities and the RISE program empowers them to collaborate and plan for improvements,” Pritzker said. “These grants will help communities craft economic development plans that reflect the specific impact of the pandemic on their region, with the opportunity to apply for funding to put the plans into action in the future.”

The RISE grants will reimburse awardees for costs associated with developing or updating an economic recovery plan, including salaries or contractual costs, research, outreach, and public meetings as well as expenses associated with administering the grant, such as meeting space rentals and printing. Applicants that faced financial and capacity constraints or were located in underserved communities were prioritized for an award. After plans are completed, grantees will have the opportunity to apply for grants to fund specific initiatives or investments outlined in their economic plans.

To be eligible, applicants were required to provide letters of support from the local municipality or counties impacted by the plan.

Local cities will receive the following in funding:

  • Cairo: $75,000
  • Carbondale: $75,000
  • Sesser: $25,000

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