Edly-Allen Encourages Businesses to Apply for New Illinois Grant Program

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Press release from the Office of State Representative Mary Edly-Allen

For immediate release
June 29, 2020

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, is bringing attention to new Business Interruption Grant funding to help local businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

“There is state and federal assistance available to businesses struggling financially due to the pandemic, and business owners should apply as soon as possible before the funding for this first round of grants for service-based businesses runs out,” said Edly-Allen. “The new Business Interruption Grant program can help provide some additional support to restaurants, bars, gyms, and salons that have had business drastically interrupted in these last few months.”

The first round of Business Interruption Grants will provide $60 million in relief to businesses that have temporarily shut down or have been heavily restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers may be eligible for grants worth up to $20,000 and salons and barbershops may be eligible for grants worth up to $10,000.

Applications are available now and the number of qualified applicants is expected to outpace the funding available. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications and more information including eligibility criteria can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and they deserve every opportunity to succeed,” Edly-Allen added. “It’s critical for our eligible local businesses to get their applications submitted by July 7 to be considered for grant funding.”

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