March 08, 2024
Grant Opportunities and Resources
• Funding for projects to enhance urban and community forestry in disadvantaged communities is now available from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry allocation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Register for an info session here.

• Find a list of grant opportunities for the state of Illinois here.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for green infrastructure projects, under the GIGO program. Learn more.

• Check out Will County's small business assistance resource page.
News from Community Partners
Call for Projects: Local Planning Assistance
Communities throughout northeastern Illinois can now submit applications to receive planning support that can make roads safer, increase access, leverage local transit assets, and improve connections for all users.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) partnered to host this year’s call for projects. The online application covers the different program offerings and asks interested applicants a series of questions to identify their goals and strategies for projects. Communities can submit applications until the call closes at noon on Friday, March 22. For any questions about the application process, email
Prairie State College Hosting Job/Resource Fair
The PSC Job/Resource Fair 2024 at Prairie State College will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. at 10:00am until 2:00pm.

• This Job/Resource & Job Fair, being presented by the PSC Office of Military Student Affairs, is open to the public, and over 40 vendors are projected to attend. The fair will feature employment and volunteer opportunities, housing, legal and educational information, military-affiliated services, and more. Learn more.
Save the Date: 2nd Annual Pathways to Cook County Government Summit
Join County Government for the 2nd Annual Pathways to Cook Summit on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Participants will have access to instructional workshops designed to help them establish partnerships with the County, covering topics such as exploring grant opportunities, understanding capital readiness, obtaining certification with Cook County, navigating career opportunities through Taleo Profile, engaging in procurement with Contracting 101, and participating in Job Order Contracting. Learn more.
Job Postings & Requests for Proposals
• SSMMA offers a list of local job opportunities and RFPs throughout the south suburban region directly on our website.

• Municipalities and organizations can send job openings and proposals here to be publicly posted.

SPC News
Still Have Old Copper Lines? Granite Offers EPIK Analog Line Replacement Solution

Suburban Purchasing Cooperative Telecommunications Program vendor Granite Government Solutions (Contract #205) offers a fully managed analog (old copper) line replacement solution called EPIK for all phone, alarm, and elevator lines. Granite Senior Sales Executive Frank Ventrella can help explore options to replace these outdated lines. He may be reached at or 630-649-0823.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2024 SPC Vendor Showcase

The 2024 Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Vendor Showcase will be held on Wednesday, July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Oakton College, 1600 E. Golf Road in Des Plaines. The Showcase will be held in Rooms 1608 and 1610 with parking available in Lot C.

The SPC Vendor Showcase presents a unique opportunity for local government officials from the SPC’s participating councils of government and others to meet one-on-one with SPC vendors at one time. Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC), DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference (DMMC), South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) and Will County Governmental League (WCGL) members and staff will be onsite to learn about the products, services, and solutions offered by the SPC to help you better serve your communities. Vendors will have individual display areas where you can discuss all your joint purchasing needs.

Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction on April 23

• The spring SPC Surplus Vehicle & Equipment Auction will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at Americas Auto Auction (America’s AA) in Crestwood. Thank you to Lincolnshire, Palatine and Tinley Park, who have registered to participate in the sale. America’s AA offers a wide variety of convenient services to prep vehicles and garner the highest possible price. Please note that vehicles and equipment can be listed for disposal at the NWMC auction right up to the morning of the auction day. Sell them now to get a fresh start and please keep in mind that a portion of the proceeds helps support the operations of the organization. The remaining live auctions for the year will be held on July 23 and October 22. In addition, America’s AA hosts online sales on par with other government surplus Internet auctions. For more information, please contact staff or America’s AA Account Executive Berry Ellis, 312-371-5993 or

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