• COVID-19 Resources

  • Champaign County Safe

    The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a coalition of local organizations and municipalities to help Champaign County businesses as we all progress through the phases of the Restore Illinois plan.

    Together, we have developed a Re-opening Toolkit that compiles best practices from a variety of industries, government organizations and resource centers. The practices featured follow the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois plan. These practices highlight communication strategies for various types of businesses and provide details on how to prepare workspaces, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE tutorials, and general information on COVID-19. This information will assist industries ranging from agriculture to childcare to manufacturing and hospitality – all with specific guidelines on employee and customer protection, sanitation standards, social distancing, and much more.

    An accompanying website Champaign County Safe has also been launched and will serve as an information and resource hub regarding COVID-19 rules, PPE resources, guidelines and best practices.




  • Application Links to Disaster Related Funding Application Links to Disaster Related Funding


    Champaign - Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant:

    • Grants up to $15,000 that have been impacted by the pandemic. Priority will be given to businesses who have not received other state or federal grants related to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted in-person or online beginning Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
    • To find submission and application materials, please click here.
    • The City also released a video detailing more.


    Rantoul - Small Business Stabilization Program

    • Application detailed here.
    • The Small Business Stabilization Grant Program is intended to provide working capital to existing small businesses within Rantoul, for the purpose of retaining jobs and keeping businesses operating. The program provides grant funds for working capital with a maximum grant of $15,000 for a single business.


    Urbana - Small Business Assistance Program:

    • Small businesses of up to fifteen employees may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 to help support those impacted by COVID-19.
    • Priority will be given to women and minority owned businesses.
    • Applications can be found here, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting today (June 19, 2020). 



    The Business Interruption Grant Program:

    • Beginning Monday June 22, 2020, eligible businesses can apply for grant funding.
    • Priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic as well as those that experienced physical damage as a result of the recent unrest.
    • The program includes support for businesses in disproportionately impacted areas, bars and restaurants, barbershops and salons, and gyms and fitness centers.
    • Applications will be available on June 22 via DCEO.


    Distressed Capital Program:  

    • Beginning Monday June 22, 2020, the Distressed Capital Program will make grants available in varying amounts to businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of recent unrest on or after May 25, 2020.
    • The program will help businesses in disproportionately impacted areas and prioritize women/minority-owned, under/uninsured, and/or high community impact businesses.


    Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

    • Multi-part application detailed here.
    • Small businesses in some communities (some, included Champaign and Urbana, are excluded due to program guidelines may be eligible for a sixty-day grant of working capital up to $25,000. A business must have 50 employees or less.


    Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

    • Applications open now for financial institutions.
    • The Illinois Treasurer’s office is partnering with approved financial institutions to provide loans to businesses that would otherwise not qualify. State funds are deposited to financial institutions for a one-year term. These funds provide loans to small businesses to provide working capital to bridge this season.


    Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

    • Program Temporarily Suspended


    Small Business Layoff Aversion Emergency Assistance

    • Application can be found here.
    • Emergency Assistance funding available to support small businesses facing the financial impacts from the COVID-19 national health emergency.
    • Grant funds are now available to support your business with a number of layoff aversion activities.
    • Funds must be used to mitigate layoffs and adhere to social distancing provisions established by federal and state public health entities.
    • This grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 




    Economic Injury Disaster Loans

    • Applications open now.
    • This SBA programs provides small businesses with working capital up to $2 million. Applicants will receive a $10,000 advance regardless of whether the loan closes.


    Employee Retention Credit

    • Payment process is in development
    • The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for some employers that is equal to 50 percent of qualified wages up to $10,000. The credit is available to businesses who have not received a Paycheck Protection Loan, have had operations partially or fully suspended and experienced a decline in gross receipts by more than 50 percent.
    • Other criteria and regulations apply.
    • Credit is taken against the employer's share of social security tax, but excess is refundable under normal procedures.


    Paycheck Protection Program

    • Applications open now.
    • Forgivable loans are available to small businesses with 500 or fewer employers to help with payroll costs, rent, utilities, etc.  Forgiveness requires that 75 percent of the loan must be used for payroll and a commitment that the employer maintain or rehire employees.
    • 501(c)3 organizations are also eligible
    • PPP Approval Report as of 12 PM EST on 4/16/20


    Main Street Lending Program

    • The Federal Reserve established this program with $600 billion as a result of the CARES Act.
    • Loans of varying amounts available to businesses that meet a variety of criteria.
    • Start date has yet to be announced, but businesses can prepare materials for applications and talk with lenders.
      • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has prepared a preparation guide.


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