Community Navigators Ready to Assist With New Illinois Back to Business Grants

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13 Apr 2022

News, Client Feature Article, Workforce

This article originally appeared and was written for Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, by Golden Shovel Agency.

Starting immediately, and continuing through an 8-week rolling application window, Illinois business owners can apply to the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program aimed to deploy funds to those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with revenues of $20 million or less ($35 million or less for hotels) in 2019 and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19 are eligible, if they meet other conditions. The B2B grant program builds on the success of last year's Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program which delivered equity-focused relief totaling $290 million to 9,000 businesses in 98 communities across Illinois.

For the B2B program, and other grant programs that are likely to follow, Community Navigators are available, at least until the end of 2021, to provide comprehensive one-on-one assistance for the process. Community Navigators for the Jacksonville Region include:

  • Jacksonville Main Street
  • Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation

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