Welcome to the Greater St. Louis, Inc. page that highlights both public and private funding opportunities currently available to businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations located in the St. Louis metro. Although not exhaustive, this curated list is meant as a resource to quickly find the most significant and timely funding opportunities available to our region’s stakeholders.

Is there an important funding resource you would like us to start tracking on this page? If so, please contact Henry Eubank at Henry@GreaterSTLinc.com.

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MO Department of Economic Development

Missouri Qualified Research Expense Tax Credit Program: This revamped R&D program that Greater St. Louis, Inc. helped lead the creation and passage of provides incentives for research expenses. The highest amount of credit a single taxpayer may claim in one year is $300,000 and the aggregate of all tax credits shall not exceed $10 million in any single year. The $5 million of all tax credits is set aside for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Eligible applicants include organizations or entities exempt from federal income tax or any business in good standing with the Secretary of State. 2024 Application Cycle Deadline: September 30, 2024

Water/Wastewater Community Development Block Grant: This grant provides funding for communities to make improvements to drinking water and wastewater systems. Eligible applicants must be sure that the project beneficiaries are at least 51% low-to-moderate income persons. Eligible projects include new water or sewer systems or expansion/upgrades of existing systems that have substantiated health concerns are prioritized.  Successful applicants must demonstrate that rates will adequately cover operation, maintenance, reserves, emergencies, employee overhead, etc.; or the community must have initiated a graduated rate increase that will provide adequate operating costs over a period of years. Operation and maintenance activities and not eligible. The maximum amount any applicant can apply for is $750,000 or $5,000 per household. Application Cycle Deadline: Rolling

Community Development Competitive Cycle: This category allows communities to apply for improvements to nearly any publicly-owned facility or infrastructure, as well as the clearance of vacant, dilapidated buildings. Eligible projects include community facilities, including senior centers, day care centers, community centers, youth centers, 911 services, rural health clinics (facilities without state funding), telecommunications, and others designed to provide a service or group of services from one central location for a prescribed area of residents or users. This may include the infrastructure necessary to support the facility, as well.  A local government or non-profit agency must own the facility. Awarded funds dependent on desired project. Application Deadline: September 6, 2024

MO Department of Agriculture

Urban Farm Tax Credits: The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is accepting applications for a new tax credit program created to promote investment in urban agriculture. This program provides tax credits to urban farmers who would like to invest in their operation by purchasing equipment and making improvements to the farm. Individuals who donate monetary funds to an urban farm may also qualify for a tax credit, if the donation is used for eligible expenses. Taxpayers may receive a tax credit of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses, or the donation amount, not to exceed $5,000 per taxpayer per year.

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IL Department of Economic Development

Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets: The Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program (RDMS) will provide grants for construction, repair and modernization of public infrastructure and amenities to boost jobs, improve quality of life and stimulate economic activity for communities that have experienced disinvestment. The goal of this program is to drive investment in infrastructure and public amenities that will invite more people back into Main Street districts and local city centers. Eligible applicants include EDOs, local units of government and private for-profit and non-profit businesses. Through a competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), qualified entities can apply for grants, with awards ranging from $250,000 to $2 million, with a minimum 25% match required for local units of government and 50% match for all other applicants. Application Deadline: July 22, 2024

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U.S. Department of Transportation

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program: The CRISI program supports safety, efficiency, and reliability improvement projects for intercity passenger and freight rail. A wide range of project types are eligible for funding, including safety and security improvements, capital projects, R&D, multimodal connection improvements, and workforce development, among others. A total of $2.478B is available under this opportunity, with eligible applicants including: states, political subdivisions, intercity rail providers and Class II/Class III railroads, and nonprofit labor organizations. Application Deadline: May 28, 2024

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program: This Notice of Funding Opportunity   will result in the distribution of up to $44.5 million for two different categories of grants: Planning and Design Grants and Construction Grants. The Active Transportation Infrastructure  Investment Program (ATIIP) projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on and off-road active      transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities. Application Deadline: June 17, 2024

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Clean Ports Program: A combined $2.94B of tiered funding is being made available for various opportunities related to port operations around the country transition to zero-emissions operations. It provides funding for “zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure as well as climate and air quality planning at U.S. ports.” Eligible applicants include: port authorities, private entities, or state & local governments. Application Deadline: May 28, 2024

U.S. Department of Commerce

R&D in CHIPS Metrology: Through an anticipated 24 awards, the Department of Commerce has opened roughly $54 million in funding for R&D in CHIPS metrology, with the aim of enhancing U.S. leadership in the global semiconductor industry. Applicants must qualify as a Small Business Concern for Research/R&D purposes, as defined in the NOFO. Application Deadline: June 14, 2024

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Federal Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance:The U.S. Economic Development Administration will provide $1.5 million for the RNTA program to fund research, evaluation, and national technical assistance projects that promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. Eligible applicants include public agencies, institutions of higher education, not-for-profit and civic organizations, individuals, and/or for-profit organizations.

Illinois Energy Transition Navigators Program (CEJA): The Energy Transition Navigators Program will provide outreach, education, and recruitment to eligible individuals to participate in CEJA workforce programs, and work with local job markets and workforce organizations to help place trainees in careers. Eligible applicants are community-based providers, not-for-profit organizations that have a history of serving low-wage or low-skilled workers, or individuals from economically disadvantaged communities. $6 million per year is allocated for this program, subject to appropriation.

Illinois Federal Grant Support Program: Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity launched this $15 million Federal Grant Support Program to assist Illinois-based businesses and organizations seeking federal grants that align with the State’s economic development objectives.

National Silicon Valley Community Foundation: Opportunities vary based on current funding and grant opportunities posted by the Foundation.

St. Louis Community Foundation: Opportunities vary based on current funding and grant opportunities posted by the Foundation.

MO DED CDBG Downtown Revitalization Program Cycle: This Community Development Block Grant is specifically designated for projects situated within a downtown target area, as defined by the community. These projects eliminate slum and blight conditions on the front and selected side facades of eligible buildings in core downtown areas, and address code violations for commercial structures. Maximum award amounts for a downtown area is $750,000.

MO DED CDBG Industrial Infrastructure Grant Program: The Industrial Infrastructure program will assist local governments in the development of public infrastructure that allows industries to locate new facilities, expand existing facilities, or prevent the relocation or closing of a facility. The Industrial Infrastructure Program involves participation from both the application sponsor (city/county) and the participating business. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement cities and counties. Maximum award amounts are the lower of $2 million or $20,000 per new full time/retained job.

Energy Audit Reimbursement Program: The program provides up to $1 million in total funding for Level II ASHRAE energy audits up to a maximum of $20,000 per recipient. Eligible entities include public K-12 schools, local governments (including hospital districts, sewer districts, water supply districts, sub-districts of a zoological park and museum districts and publicly owned municipal, county, regional and international airport facilities), public two- and four-year higher education institutions, and public and not-for-profit hospitals, schools, and libraries. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Energy Loan Program: This program offers low-interest loans to public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, hospitals and local governments for energy-saving investments, and energy-efficiency projects to reduce energy use and cost. Loan amounts for this loan cycle will be between $10,000 and $1 million, for a total of $5 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Equitable Energy Future Grant Program: DCEO is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity to provide seed funding and pre-development funding opportunities to support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects benefitting historically disadvantaged communities. Awards ranging from $250,000 to $1 million will be dispersed. Eligible applicants are contractors who are committed to benefiting low-income communities or participating in other clean job programs such as the Clean and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) and Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) workforce programs. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

SBIR/STTR Match Program:  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are designed to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development with the potential for commercialization. Awards range from $1,000-$50,000. Eligible applicants have already qualified for federal SBIR & STTR funds. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

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Helpful Resources

Federal Grants Database: Searchable database of open, closed, and archived federal grants from all federal agencies.

Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant Programs: Homepage for all grant programs authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the Department of Transportation.

Federal U.S. Department of Treasury’s website on Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Links to the U.S. Treasury Department’s COVID-19 relief and recovery assistance programs.

Illinois BidBuy: Illinois’ web-based eProcurement system used to advertise solicitation opportunities, evaluate bids, and publish contract awards.

Illinois Capital Development Procurement Bulletin Board: View bid information detailing the current construction projects for which CDB will be accepting bids in the areas of contractor and architect/engineering services. New project information is posted regularly.

Illinois Catalog of State Financial Assistance: The CSFA is a single, authoritative, statewide, comprehensive source document of Illinois financial assistance program information.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Grants: Rolling grant applications can be found at the bottom half of DCEO grant opportunities page.

Illinois Department of Transportation Procurement Bulletin Board: This is the official advertisement and solicitation for bids issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation. With oversight by the Chief Procurement Office, this bulletin is published to secure the performance of highway construction, highway construction-related and airport work, as well as construction and construction-related work solicited by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Loans: Links to Illinois EPA’s list of grants and loans.

Illinois Public Institutions of Higher Education Procurement Bulletin Board: The IPB/HE is a free online resource for vendors wishing to do business with public universities in Illinois. Participating universities post notices for upcoming bids, requests for proposal, requests for information, solicitation documents, and awards.

Illinois Tollway Authority Website: This page serves as a pathway toward working with the Illinois Tollway and provides a training video for contractors who want to learn more about how to do business with the Tollway.

Missouri ARPA Dashboard: Homepage for available funding opportunities, how to apply for funding, ARPA spending and performance, news and resources, and FAQ.

Missouri Department of Economic Development: Searchable database of all Missouri DED tax credit programs and incentives.

Community Development Block Grants: Database for all Missouri Department of Economic Development community development block grants.

SLDC Funding Opportunities

Grant Writing Resources (Missouri Foundation for Health): Resources and materials to assist in application process.

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