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Coronavirus Info Guide: Small businesses & nonprofits

Restore Illinois

Illinois is now in Phase 5 / Restored, lifting capacity limitations and restrictions for businesses, schools, and recreation. But keep your mask handy; you may still be required to wear one.


Get support

Resources to help business owners and nonprofits:


Apply for funding

The funding situation is constantly changing. The Illinois State Treasurer has published a COVID-19 Financial Tool Kit to help small businesses and nonprofits. To view it,

VISIT illinoistreasurer.gov

U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider's office keeps track of current funding options for businesses and nonprofits. For current options, read on and/or

VISIT schneider.house.gov/covid-19/help-small-business

B2B: Back to Business Grant Program

Grants of $5,000 to $150,000 are available to small businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants can cover operational losses, staff and more.

VISIT https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance

Get application assistance: 

Community navigators provide 1-to-1 support service for small businesses. Find your community outreach partner: use the B2B search tool or view the list by namecounty, or language service.

Recorded webinars also offer guidance for the application process: view the webinar in English or Spanish.

Charitable Trust – Helping Small Nonprofits Across Illinois 

The Charitable Trust helps small nonprofits with annual budgets of $1 million or less. Grant applicants located in an area where pervasive poverty, unemployment, or economic distress exist are given special attention. For the fall 2021 grant cycle, applications will be accepted through September 30 in three categories: food programs, housing programs, and workforce and economic development.

Applicants must complete the online application, including all requested documents and forms. Applicants without access to a computer or the internet should contact the State Treasurer’s office at (217) 836-4590.

VISIT https://illinoistreasurer.gov/Office_of_the_Treasurer/Charitable_Trust

CALL 312-814-1817

EMAIL CharitableTrust@illinoistreasurer.gov

Illinois State Treasurer Bridge Loans

The state Treasurer has partnered with approved financial institutions to provide loans—either lower rate loans or loans to a business or nonprofit that would not otherwise qualify—to Illinois small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Get info and apply:

VISIT illinoistreasurer.gov

Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended May 31, 2021. Existing PPP borrowers may be eligible for PPP Loan Forgiveness. Learn more.

Lake County Partners hosted a webinar providing insights into the latest important information about the PPP program: View the presentation.  

Small Business Administration Assistance

Small businesses, private nonprofits, or those who are self-employed and facing financial hardships related to the coronavirus pandemic can get help during this difficult time. Options include the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief. Get more info/apply:

VISIT sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

CALL 800-659-2955

EMAIL disastercustomerservice@sba.gov