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NEW! Megasites Investment Program

What:  Megasites are large, developed sites ready for occupancy by manufacturers, distribution centers, industrial centers, and more. The competitive grant opportunity will support site development in order to attract large-scale industrial investments in underutilized areas and former industrial sites. With sectors like clean energy and manufacturing rapidly expanding in the U.S., major job creators are looking for large, investment-ready sites to locate their growing businesses. Eligible sites must contain at least 200 contiguous acres, be owned or acquired by the applicant, and be zoned for industrial or agricultural.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses, non-profits, and local governments.

How Much: $40m total. Grants will range from $250,000 to $5 million, with the grant award amount determined by acreage (up to $5,000 per acre). A 1:1 capital investment match is required.

Deadline:  April 6th, 2023 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Illinois Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program

What:  The Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program aims to support communities by helping independently owned companies build capacity, create jobs and ultimately, strengthen our meat processing supply chain in Illinois, thereby making food products more affordable and accessible. Grant funds must be used to construct new facilities or expand processing capacity at existing facilities.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses engaging in meat and poultry processing. Must be independently owned and operated and the facility must be physically located in Illinois.
How Much: $6m total, with grants ranging from $250k to $1.5m. A 4:1 match is required: grant funds may only cover up to 20% of total capital expenses.

Deadline:  Rolling until December 31st, 2023 at 5pm, or until funds are depleted.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.


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Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG)
The goal of Future Manufacturing is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today. Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2023 under this solicitation: Future Cyber Manufacturing Research, Future Eco Manufacturing Research, Future Biomanufacturing Research. This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.
Potential Applicants: Unrestricted but interdisciplinary teams commensurate with the scope of the proposed research, education plan, and budget are required. Proposals must include demonstrated expertise among the team members to carry out the proposed research, education, and workforce development activities.
How Much: For Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG)  up to $3,000,000 for up to four years. For Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) up to $500,000 for up to two years.
Deadline: April 19, 2023



Second Chance Act Improving Reentry Education and Employment Outcomes

What: Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for reentry services and programs focused on strengthening education and employment outcomes for individuals returning to their communities after a period of incarceration.

Potential Applicants: Local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, or for-profit organizations.

How Much: up to $900,000

Deadline: March 28, 2023



U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
 The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Funds may be used for renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind, and solar. They may be also used for making energy efficiency improvements such as HVAC and irrigation. Agricultural producers may also use guaranteed loan funds to install energy efficient equipment and systems for agricultural production or processing.
Potential Applicants: 
Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations. Small businesses in eligible rural areas.
How Much: $2,500 to $1 million for Renewable Energy System Grants, $1,500 to $500,000 for Energy Efficiency Grants
Deadline: March 31, 2023


EDA Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance Program

What:  Grants under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. These grants seek to promote critical, cutting-edge research and best practices with practitioners in the economic development field. They also support a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope.

Potential Applicants:  Local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, individuals, or for-profit organizations.

How Much: $1.5 million

Deadline:  Rolling
Apply: Information can be found HERE.