Programs & Incentives

The City of Oak Forest is committed to the continued improvement and revitalization of its commercial corridors. The city's Community Development Department has information covering incentives offered not only by Oak Forest, but also those offered throughout Cook County.
Follow the links below to learn more about the Façade Assistance Program as well as the city's three Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts. For more information regarding available incentives, contact the Community Development Department at 708-687-4050.   

Outdoor Dining Grant Fund 

This fund is intended to help small businesses comply with COVID-19 pandemic related health requirements and expand their outdoor seating occupancy.  Funds will be distributed as 50% reimbursements up to $5,000 per business and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is fully committed.  The program currently runs through December 31, 2021 and will reimburse eligible expenses back through August 1, 2020.

Please use this link: Oak-Forest-Outdoor-Dining-Grant-Packet if you are interested in learning more about this grant opportunity.  For additional questions or to apply, please contact Paul Ruane in the Economic Development Department at 708-687-4050, ext. 1048 or  

Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program still available

The State of Illinois is still accepting applications for the second round of Business Interruption Grant (BIG) funding and is encouraging restaurants and bars to apply.  At least three Oak Forest businesses have already received assistance from this program. For more information and to apply for assistance, please click here: Business Interruption Grant.  The Southland Development Authority is available to assist business owners with this program and can be contacted here:

Facade Assistance Program Resources

The Facade Assistance Program offers a level of assistance for non-retail and retail businesses to improve their visual aesthetics, landscaping and signage. The program is a matching grant program sponsored by the City of Oak Forest with the basic goal of making Oak Forest businesses look better and improve the overall appearance of our commercial corridors.  A landlord or lessee may apply for matching funding. The applicant and landlord would be expected to each cover a minimum of 2/3 of the costs associated with renovation, while the City of Oak Forest would cover the remaining cost up to the maximum amount permitted under program guidelines (currently $20,000). Also, a signed agreement between the city and the applicant must be completed for City Council to approve the grant.  

For program information, see review the Grant Guidelines

Complete and submit the 
Facade Assistance Program application.

Tax Increment Financing Districts