Heritage Corridor Brings Home $1.6 Million Route 66 Grant

Heritage Corridor Destinations, in coordination with more than a dozen municipalities, has been awarded a $1.6 million grant under the Route 66 Grant Program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The grant program was open to Illinois’ Certified Conventions and Visitors Bureaus with the money being directed towards the development of tourism, education, preservation, and promotion leading up to the 100th Anniversary of Route 66 in 2026, with a focus on future transportation and tourism trends such as electric vehicles. 

“We’re thrilled to be receiving this grant for marketing and product development along Route 66 for the second year. In addition to expanding statewide marketing efforts, this grant means more Route 66 attraction development in our communities as we prepare for the Centennial of Route 66,” said Bob Navarro, President/CEO of Heritage Corridor Destinations. 

The grant will build upon the projects from the Heritage Corridor’s 2022 grant, with additional Route 66 Community Monuments coming to local communities, new EV charging stations and expanded state-wide marketing efforts in conjunction with partners across the state.

 EV station in Pontiac, IL 
EV Station in Pontiac, IL