The Village of Lombard offers several reimbursement programs which benefit homeowners and businesses. Please select an option below for more information.
Applications are best submitted online, or by email if an online option is not provided. Otherwise, they may be placed in the white drop box in front of the Village Hall (next to the postal box) or delivered in person during office hours. Online and email are preferred to enable the quickest response. Note that a delay of up to a few days may be incurred for paper submittals depending on in-office staff availability.
- Local Tourism Grant
- Backyard Drainage
- Rain Barrel
- Compost Bin
- Clear Water Disconnect
- Downtown Grant
- Lead Water Line Replacement
- Overhead Sewer
- Sandbag Materials
About the Local Tourism Grant Program
The Local Tourism, or Hotel/Motel Tax Grant Program was developed by the Village through the Community Promotion and Tourism Committee, and is intended to assist local organizations with funding for local programs and events that promote tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attract overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard. Funding for these grants is generated by hotel/motel tax dollars. The goal of the Local Tourism Grant program is to positively impact the vitality of Lombard by contributing to the local economy through increased hotel occupancy, visitor travel and local expenditures.
The current State of Illinois Restore Illinois guidelines and Region 8 Resurgence Mitigations for COVID-19 severely restrict gatherings of all types. While the Village of Lombard is accepting proposals for 2021 projects, grant funding under the Local Tourism Grant Program is contingent upon the ability to hold the proposed event or program in full compliance with federal, state and local COVID-19 precautions and requirements at the time of the event. Funding recommended or approved under this grant program for 2021 will be withheld if the COVID-19 pandemic and associated guidelines ultimately preclude or prohibit the proposed event. The State of Illinois will not reach Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, where all sectors of the economy reopen and large events and festivals can take place, until “testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the State” and” either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period.”
Funding for the 2021 Local Tourism Grant Program is constrained. The grant committee may prioritize grant awards, adjust funding levels, or choose to fund a portion of any request based upon availability of funds.
Seeking Applicants for 2021 Local Tourism Grants
The Village of Lombard is currently seeking grant applications for local programs and events that support tourism and promote the Village as a destination to nonresident visitors. Interested first time applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program are encouraged to submit an application for Local Tourism Grant funds to the Village by Monday, January 25, 2021.
Who should apply?
Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or convention that attracts overnight visitor stays in Lombard hotels. The purpose of the grant program is to provide support for local tourism programs, attractions and events to enhance the marketing of the Village of Lombard to visitors. Groups applying for grant funds are encouraged to purchase all goods and services used for the event from businesses located in Lombard.
Applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or event that promotes tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attracts overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard.
First Time Applicants
First time applicants must attend a grant-seekers workshop to receive assistance and guidance with their initial grant application. For more information on the grant program or to schedule a grant-seekers workshop, contact Assistant Village Manager Nicole Aranas at email@example.com.
Deadline for submission: Applications must be received on or before January 25, 2021.
Grant awards for returning programs will be made once a year. To be considered for funding in 2021, applicants for programs which have previously received Village funding must apply by January 25, 2021.
All events must show the potential to generate overnight hotel stays and should include Village hotel(s) in their promotion. Applications will be assessed based upon criteria including, but not limited to the following:
- Ability of the event to attract overnight visitors in past years.
- Ability of the event to grow over two or more years.
- Food, beverage and retail expenditures by out of market visitors and the extent to which the event provides economic opportunities for Lombard businesses.
- Ability of the event to project a positive image of the Village of Lombard and to increase the visibility of Lombard tourism, attractions, and events.
The Backyard Drainage Reimbursement Program was created to help residents who experience severe yard flooding.
This program is available to homeowners that experience flooding on their private property that remains for 72 hours or longer and which effects at least two contiguous properties.
Through this program the Village will reimburse residents for 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $5,000 to install a backyard drainage system.
The Rain Barrel Reimbursement Program was created to encourage residents to conserve water. Through this program the Village will reimburse residents a maximum of $40 per barrel for the purchase of one (1) rain barrel. Rain barrels are excellent for outdoor watering use and at the same time allow residents to save on their water bill! If you are unsure how to set up a rain barrel a video by the Conservation Foundation shows how to install them.
Compost Bin Reimbursement Program
The Compost Bin Reimbursement Program is available to residents for the purchase of residential compost bins. The Village will reimburse a maximum of $80 for the purchase of one (1) bin.
In addition to the reimbursement program, Lombard residents in single family homes and multi-unit buildings up to 4 units, can subscribe to an optional curbside composting program through Waste Management.
The purpose of the Clear Water Disconnect Reimbursement Program is to assist homeowners in complying with Section 50.026 of the Village Code, which prohibits certain types of clear water connections (such as downspouts and sump pumps) to sanitary and combined sewers. Reimbursement funds will be offered to homeowners who have been notified by the Village to disconnect clear water sources from sanitary and combined sewers, residents wishing to make the disconnection due to historic flood events and residents obtaining a building permit for specific work as defined in the Clear Water Disconnect Program pamphlet further defined in this pamphlet.
The Village of Lombard administers several programs that provide financial assistance for businesses and projects within the downtown area. Please visit our Downtown Grants page for further information.
The Lead Water Service Line Replacement Program was established to provide financial assistance to homeowners who desire to replace their lead water service line to reduce the exposure to lead and to mitigate the risk of consuming water that may contain lead. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a reimbursement of 75% of the cost, up to a maximum of $5,000, to install a new water service line of approved materials as stated in the Illinois State Plumbing Code and in accordance with the Village of Lombard Lead Abatement in Potable Water Standard Operating Procedure.
The Overhead Sewer Reimbursement Program is offered to assist homeowners who experience chronic sewer back-ups. Through this program, applicants pay for the first 25% of the cost and the Village will pay the remaining costs up to a maximum of $5,000.00. Any costs above the sum total will be the responsibility of the applicant.
The Public Works Department provides a reimbursement not to exceed $50 per year to residents purchasing sandbags and/or comparable flood-proofing materials to prepare ahead of time for flood events. Residents may purchase sandbags and/or comparable flood proofing materials from any commercial source and provide receipts for reimbursement. Residents are solely responsible to store, place and dispose of sandbags and any other flood-proofing materials.