CHICAGO – State Senators Elgie R. Sims and Ann Gillespie are encouraging local chambers of commerce to apply for funding to help them recover from the continuous financial distress brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know that many businesses across the state have been historically disadvantaged when it comes to economic investments, but the State of Illinois is making tremendous strides in investing in the communities that need it the most,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “This funding is critical in ensuring businesses and chambers of commerce, no matter where they are in the state, have the economic resources they need to be successful.”
The Back to Business Local Chambers funding can be used to market and develop local areas, provide small businesses with professional development, and more to support small businesses and entrepreneurs while bolstering economic development.
Applications are open now until Feb. 15. Applicants are encouraged to visit the DCEO website to learn more and apply. Qualified entities can apply for grants up to $50,000, based on revenue lost between 2019 and 2020.
“Our local economies will have additional opportunities and financial resources that are needed for us to be successful, thanks to the funding provided by B2B Local Chambers,” said Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “These investments will have a long-lasting impact on the growth of our state’s local economies.”