Who does the program support?
Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest - $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
Bars and Restaurants - $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
Barbershops and Salons - $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
Gyms and Fitness Centers - $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*
Who is eligible?
This round of the Business Interruption Grant program will make $60 million available for 3,500 businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Businesses eligible for funding in this round include:
- Restaurants and bars that were unable to provide on-site outdoor food or beverage services between May 29, 2020, and June 17, 2020
- Barbershops and salons
- Health and fitness centers
- Businesses located in specific severe Disproportionate Impact Areas
* While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.
To determine your eligibility for the Illinois Business Interruption Grant, please click here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/eaf7f095131c411393e2e1f831f6eb8a
Full eligibility criteria
Businesses must meet the following requirements to be eligible for each of the respective categories of funds available through the first round of Business Interruption Grants.
Please click here for a full list of business requirements: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Documents/Eligbility%20Requirements%206.26.20.pdf
Zip Codes for eligible Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIA's):
The first round of BIG funds, are specifically for businesses located in a subset of DIAs that have been impacted by recent property damage due to civil unrest. These businesses will be eligible for specific grant funds.
The zip codes eligible for this specific subset of funding are found here: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Documents/SeverelyImpactedDIAs_BIGRound1_062320.pdf
Business certification form and eligible cost list
The Business Interruption Grant Program (the “Program”) is supported by grant agreements between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and qualified Grantees which authorize the Department to grant funds to the Grantee (“Award” or “Awards”) in support of eligible activities under the Program. As a subrecipient, to participate in the program, you must remain in compliance with the terms and certifications set forth below.
When and Where to Apply
DCEO will be posting the application questions and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read here:
- VIEW: Business Interruption Grant Application (English)
- VIEW: Business Interruption Grant Application (Spanish)
DCEO will accept applications from June 26th until 5:00pm on July 7th.
DCEO is posting the application questions and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read, review and prepare.
*While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.
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.