CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has launched the first phase of the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) grant program, a $10 million initiative. This initiative, supported by funding from the Chicago Recovery Plan, will fund and support community- led, equitable development near train stations and high-frequency bus corridors.

During this first phase, organizations and entities are invited to respond to the RFP announced today to provide technical assistance for the community groups and other organizations that will receive grant funding
in 2023. The City is looking for an experienced organization who can create support structures for local, grassroots organizations and community groups who are looking to realize community visions for development. 
The City anticipates opening up multiple funding rounds
for ETOD projects.

The second phase of the program, launching next month, will provide grants and technical assistance to directly support the type of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian- oriented development enabled by the Connected
Communities Ordinance approved by the City Council in July.

Aligned with the Connected Communities Ordinance and Chicago Recovery Plan, this grant initiative will support Chicago’s economic recovery and foster thriving neighborhoods across the entire city. The City of Chicago’s ETOD approach supports a wide range of policies and plans to ensure every resident can live in a vibrant, healthy, and affordable community that connects them to transit and makes it easier for them to get to what they need — from jobs and schools to services and more.

The City’s ETOD grant program, which is part of a new DPD universal application process for funding under $250,000, will support community-driven development near train stations and high-frequency bus corridors.
Projects that show a commitment to advancing health and racial equity and that prioritize walkability and transit- orientation in their design will be prioritized for the funding and support. Projects can range from affordable
housing developments to mixed-use developments with healthy food retail to community ownership business models and more.

In October 2021, the City partnered with Elevated Chicago to select 11 community-driven projects to participate in an inaugural ETOD Pilot Program and receive micro-grant funding and access to technical assistance.

The City is taking the lessons learned from this pilot program to launch this new $10 million initiative. The City’s ETOD grant program will invest in projects that build on the policy plan’s goals and that benefit from the zoning enhancements created by the Connected Communities Ordinance while also providing those projects additional support.

To learn more about the City’s Equitable Transit Oriented Development efforts, visit The deadline to respond to the Equitable Transit Oriented Development Implementation Plan RFP is Friday, December 9, 2022, at 12 p.m. CST.

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