ABPA has highlighted some points of interest for Business Owners who may be interested in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures.
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released applications for two new business and economic recovery programs. Both programs offer priority for small businesses whose operations were heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic, for those located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), as well as those in communities damaged by recent civil unrest. DIAs are low-income areas that have experienced high rates of COVID-19 cases.
These programs are the latest in a series of grant programs designed to offset the economic impact of COVID-19 for businesses and communities across Illinois.
New Business Interruption Grants Program
The first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) will provide $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures.
The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses and DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses mid-July. Specifically, the program includes support for:
Additional and Updated information can be found directly on the Illinois website. Link: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx