The Cook County Manufacturing Reinvented Grant Application Portal is now open!

Cook County Manufacturing Reinvented will provide more than 300 grants for a range of project types to support suburban Cook County manufacturers as they continue to rebound and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The County will reimburse awarded businesses between $5,000-$25,000 of eligible expenses upon completion of their project.

Don't miss your chance to submit a project proposal and receive free customized business and training solutions to help you become more globally competitive and resilient.

Round Two applications are now open.  We anticipate closing early this fall.  

Learn More About Eligible Project Categories

Cook County and IMEC developed the proposed project categories and project examples based on survey responses from over 1,000 local manufacturers asked to identify their priorities and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The full study can be found here. Applications will be accepted in the following categories: accessing customers and new markets, operational improvements, leadership development and talent solutions.

Lead Your
Company

Take your leadership and planning to the next level.

Business Transition Planning
Leadership Daily Management and Dashboards
Strategic Planning
Talent Succession Planning and Coaching

Leadership Projects

Grow Your
Business

Develop and launch a strategy to achieve big growth objectives.

Branding
Lead Generation
Managing Social Media
Search Engine Optimization
Selling Online
Virtual Business Card (Website Development)

Growth Projects

Focus On
People

Hire, train, and retain the best talent to fit your needs.

Career Pathways 
Employee engagement survey and action planning
Leadership Skills Training 
 Talent acquisition and retention

Workforce Projects

Application Details

  • Qualified applicants must be a manufacturer in suburban Cook County, outside the city of Chicago boundary and less than 500 employees.
  • To receive reimbursement, manufacturer must complete and implement project. Upon verification of project completion by IMEC, Cook County will reimburse the business for eligible expenses.
  • This program will prioritize manufacturers located in historically excluded communities to ensure an equitable distribution of resources.  Project awardees will be further prioritized based on business viability, potential economic impact, and total project investment.