Technical Assistance Webinars and Events
The Pritzker administration is offering 100 virtual events and webinars to small businesses through the end of February to provide assistance with applying for the PPP.
These webinars will also offer general technical assistance and provide information for businesses seeking assistance on EIDL, the upcoming EIDL Advance, and SVO grant programs, as well as other resources tailored to small businesses.
Businesses are also encouraged to reach out to learn about how to apply and qualify for aid by working with our SBDCs, regional economic development teams or by contacting community navigator partners, which are grassroots organizations who know their own communities. Together, we are offering a comprehensive menu of technical assistance and support for businesses who may have traditionally faced barriers in accessing federal funding.
For more information on how you or your small business can get free, 1:1 assistance with applying for the PPP, get in touch with DCEO today or sign up for any one of the 100 upcoming webinars being held from now through February.
What the Program Offers
Through this program, a grant administrator (or administrators) will reimburse the costs to repair structural damages that have already been performed, including repairs to storefronts and entrances, improving electrical systems, and restoring exterior work. For work yet to be completed, the administrator(s) will partner with local contractors and pay for them to perform the work. Projects that were denied coverage by an insurance company are eligible but must include documentation proving denial or lack of coverage.
Who does the Program Benefit
The RDC program will prioritize small businesses, underinsured or uninsured businesses, businesses that have a high community impact – such as grocery stores – and businesses in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment. It also includes provisions to prioritize partnerships with BEP-certified contractors, including minority- and women-owned businesses, to do the repair work.
When to Apply
On June 23, 2020 DCEO made applications to become an administrator available for the Rebuild Distressed Communities (RDC) NOFO.
We expect businesses impacted by property damage to be able to apply for support through this program until August, 2020.
For additional questions on the program or how to apply, please contact the Office of Grants Management at CEO.OGMgrants@illinois.gov.