Applications open November 30, 2023 - January 11, 2024
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $25 million in available grant funding through the Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz program. Following state recovery programming for businesses totaling $1.5 billion, the latest American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded opportunity is designed to provide additional support for businesses in hard-hit sectors who launched during the pandemic. Businesses that launched in 2020 or 2021 and remain in operation have faced significant impacts during the pandemic, but they have not been eligible for other federal or state relief programming since they were not operational prior to the pandemic.
For businesses that previously received awards from the Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program (B2B Restaurants), Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program (B2B Hotels), or Illinois Creative Recovery Grant Program (B2B Arts), that previous award amount will be deducted from that grant awards for the B2B New Biz Program.
Visit www.b2bnewbiz.com to learn more.
To be eligible for a grant award under the B2B New Biz Program, for-profit businesses, and nonprofit organizations must meet all the criteria listed below:
Must meet one of the following two criteria:
i. The business or organization operates primarily in one of the following priority industries:
Restaurants and bars
Arts organizations or businesses
Clothing and electronics retail establishments (excluding e-commerce)
Dry-cleaning and laundry services (excluding coin-operated)
Home health care services
Child care providers
Barbershop and salon services
Gyms and fitness centers
Tourism and group transportation (excluding taxis, limos, or rideshare)
Spectator and social event services
ii. The business is majority owned by an individual or individuals that became eligible for and received unemployment insurance benefits – including from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – between March 13, 2020, and the date the business began operations.
**Check back in the Spring of 2024 for the reopening of the Cook County Starting Block Grants**
2 PM: Best Practices Writing City/Government Grants with GAGDC
11 AM: Nonprofit Capacity Building Master Class #2 with GAGDC
Nonprofit Capacity Building Readiness Summit
9 AM-1:30 PM
Topics covered include:
Register at Chicago.gov/BACPRecoveryPlan under "Nonprofit Capacity Building – Phase 1"
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
An enriching workshop where you will get the opportunity to network with other nonprofit leaders who share your vision.
Special Topic: The Role of Capacity Building in Organizational Growth
We will also be joined by guest speaker Edwin Martinez from Centro Sanar who will lead a conversation on the role of capacity-building in organizational growth. Lunch will be provided.
18th Street Casa de Cultura (2057 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608).
Register for this workshop at Chicago.gov/BACPRecoveryPlan under "Nonprofit Capacity Building – Phase 1." Registration limited to 50 participants.