The Governor announced the opening of the second round of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program. These grants will be available to all small businesses statewide that experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application is available on DCEO’s website to review. Applicants can start gathering the necessary information. DCEO will begin accepting applications on the afternoon of September 17th. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.
Funding for this round is approximately $200 million, with more than half of the funds earmarked for businesses downstate. Of this funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries. A map of the DIAs can be found on their website. The heavily impacted industries are defined as having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been closed or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. These industries include the following:
Performing arts venues
While these priority areas are part of the program, the BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses. DCEO will be hosting a series of webinars regarding this program. You can register for any of the webinars by using the links below:
September 23, 9:30am-10:30am: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e61db6e1bf4f7af4fdcc54544027f0235
September 30, 9:30am-10:30am: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee94b00d843ec9aab65c49acc33d41942
October 7, 9:30am-10:30am: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e236cb57ca8f146097a0eabf19155d4c1
October 14, 9:30am-10:30am: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b2877876f223c4252cc1ead2d17ce88
October 21, 9:30am-10:30am: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb1058a62e1cdd864f497a5dadc0d0290
Additional times for webinars and technical assistance will continue to be added. Please feel free to share this information. We want to make sure the small business community is aware of this opportunity.