City of Chicago - Small Business Improvement Fund (Illinois)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name City of Chicago - Small Business Improvement Fund
Incentive Type Local Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Tenant of commercial/industrial
Eligible Technologies Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Windows, Roofs, Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount 25%, 50%, or 75% of the costs, depending on size of the applicant. The typical average grant amount is 40,000.

Installation Requirements Must be located in a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF)

Maximum Incentive Industrial property: 150,000

Single owner/tenant commercial property or landlord: 100,000
Multi-tenant building: 250,000 per property, 50,000 per tenant/landlord

Program Administrator SomerCor 504 Inc.

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


SomerCor 504 Inc. administers the Small Business Improvement Fund for the City of Chicago. The fund utilizes revenue from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and supports commercial and industrial properties, as well as tenants, within specific TIF districts to upgrade their facilities. Certain energy efficient upgrades, such as energy efficient windows, HVAC systems, and roofs may qualify for funding under this program and are encouraged.

The grants can cover up to 75% of the costs of the upgrades and are paid after the work is completed and expenses paid-up.

Commercial applicants are eligible if they have a maximum of $5 million in gross sales for each of the past three years. New commercial businesses must use projected sales. Industrial applicants may not employ more than 100 full-time equivalent employees. Landlord applicants may not have more than a net worth of $6 million, with total liquidity of no more than $500,000. Tenant applicants may not have more than $5 million in gross sales, and must have a leasehold interest in the property with at least 3 years remaining on the lease term. Additional eligibility requirements applicable, interested parties should contact SomerCor 504 Inc for additional details.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Derek Walvoord
Department SomerCor 504 Inc.
Address 601 South LaSalle
Address 2 Suite 510
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60605
Phone (312) 360-3300


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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