• COVID-19 Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program

  • Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program Announced
     
    Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program to support the continued recovery of small businesses across Illinois. The first in a series of economic recovery programs set to launch by the administration, B2B will offer small businesses access to funds that can help offset losses due to COVID-19, bring back workers, and take continued steps to rebuild amid the fallout from the pandemic. The program builds on last year's Business Interruption Grant program, which provided $580 million to small businesses and childcare providers across the state.
     
    • $250 million to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19
    • Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of operations/staff/overhead costs
    • Allies for Community Business (A4CB), DCEO’s grant administrator, will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (prepare for the application process early by learning about the information and documents required)

    See below fore more information and details about the B2B grant program. 
     

    APPLICATION PORTAL NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE to begin your grant application.
     

    B2B Grant Open Houses
    Do you need help or have questions about the B2B Grants? As a designated Community Navigator, we are available to offer free and confidential technical help. Each Tuesday*, August 31 through September 21, our office will have designated staff available to answer questions and help with the application. There is no need to make an appointment - stop by any time between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to get the help you need. Our office is located at 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign.

     

    Open Houses:

    Tuesday, August 31

    Tuesday, September 7

    Tuesday, September 14

    Tuesday September 21 - This B2B Open House will take place at the Get Hired Champaign County job fair at the Hilton Garden Inn (1501 S. Neil St., Champaign).

    *Staff is also available all other days of the week to help with the B2B Grants, but appointments must be made in advance. Please email MattB@champaigncounty.org to set up an appointment. 



     

    Additional information on the Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program:
     
    Funding Available
     
    • $250 million to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19, including the following set-asides:
    • $100 million – Businesses located in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) – see DIA Map here
    • $30 million – Arts and Entertainment businesses that didn’t receive Shuttered Venue Operators grants
    • $25 million – Restaurants and taverns that didn’t receive the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
    • $25 million – Hotels
    • $25 million – Businesses that didn’t receive a BIG grant due to exhaustion of funds
     
    • Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of operations/staff/overhead costs
    • Up to $250,000 for hotels
     
     
    Eligibility Requirements
     
    • Businesses with revenues of $20 million or less in 2019 and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19
    • $35 million or less for hotels
    • Priority will be given to the following categories:
    • Hard-hit industries (see eligibility guidelines for a full list of priority industries and their definitions)
    • Hard-hit areas – DIAs comprising of 176 zip codes
    • Businesses who have yet to qualify for state funding or federal assistance (including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), business Interruption Grant (BIG), Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), and more)
    • Businesses that had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
     
     
     
    How/When to Apply
     
    • Back to Business application portal opening August 18.
    • Applications can be tracked in real-time
    • Allies for Community Business (A4CB), DCEO’s grant administrator, will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, August 18, 2021
     
    • Documentation needed:
    • Business owner ID (ITIN business owners eligible)
    • Business 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns
    • Two (2) business bank statements – one from the period April through December 2020, and most recent statement
     
    • Prepare for the application process early by learning about the information and documents required
     
     
     
    B2B Webinars & Technical Assistance
     
    View all upcoming Back 2 Business webinars here, offered multiple times per week (day & evening). Free to attend, registration required.
     
    Have questions and/or need technical assistance? Please contact us info@champaigncounty.org) or reach out to a local Community Navigator in our hub (see full list here). All Community Navigators provide technical assistance to businesses, with a focus on underserved businesses including minority, rural, veteran and women-owned businesses.
     


    HUB & SPOKES
    Have questions and/or need technical assistance? Reach out to a Community Navigator (listed below) for free & confidential assistance. All organizations provide technical assistance to businesses, with a focus on underserved businesses including minority, rural, veteran and women-owned businesses.

    Hub: Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

    Spokes:
    Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
    Main Contact: Matt Bradley
    Email: mattb@champaigncounty.org
    Phone: 217-359-1791
    Coverage Area: Champaign County

    Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
    (Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC)
    Main Contact: Jordan Landeck
    Email: edc@champaigncountyedc.org
    Phone: 217-840-0380
    Coverage Area: Champaign County, Shelby County, Ford County, Iroquois County, DeWitt County, Moultrie County, Cumberland County


    New American Welcome Center (NAWC) at the University YMCA
    Main Contact: Huiqing Zhang
    Email: welcome@universityymca.org
    Phone: 217-417-5897
    Coverage Area: Champaign County

    Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce
    Main Contact: Will Kyles
    Email: wkyles@ilbcc.org
    Phone: 217-552-3625
    Coverage Area: Champaign County 

    Monticello Chamber of Commerce
    Main Contact: Shelly Crawford-Stock
    Email: Info@monticellochamber.org
    Phone: 217-762-7921
    Coverage Area: Piatt County

    Economic Development Corporation of Decatur – Macon County
    Main Contact: Brandy Poshard
    Email: info@decaturedc.com
    Phone: 217-422-9520
    Coverage Area: Macon County
     
    Vermilion Advantage
    Main Contact: Nicole Van Hyfte
    Email: nvanhyfte@vermilionadvantage.com
    Phone: 217-442-6201
    Coverage Area: Vermilion County
     
    Tuscola Chamber & Economic Development, Inc.
    Main Contact: Brian Moody
    Email: brian.moody@tuscola.org
    Phone: 217-253-2552
    Coverage Area: Douglas County