How to Apply for State Grants

Visit to learn about how to receive grants from the State of Illinois. All Grantees must be registered (outlined below) before grant submission is reviewed. Please begin this process at least three weeks prior to the grant due date. Click here to view sample form.

All entities applying for a grant must:

Step-By-Step Directions

For complete step-by-step directions on how to apply for and receive state grants, read the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) grantee guide.


If you have additional questions about the application process, contact the First Stop Business Information Center hotline at 1-800-252-2923 or email at

Click the image below to view the slides about the GATA process from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, as presented at the seminar held at the DeKalb Public Library on November 19 hosted by Rep. Jeff Keicher and Rep. Tom Demmer.

Grants Overview Slideshow