According to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the village of South Wilmington will receive $450,000 through the 2016 Public Infrastructure Community Development Block Grants. The Community Development Block Grant program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although federally funded, this program is administered in the State of Illinois by the DCEO. The grants are used to support local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.
The village of South Wilmington is one of only forty projects throughout the state to receive funding through these grants. The Grundy County village has a population of 681 people.