Rep. Severin Details Back to Business Grants

BENTON – State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) is alerting local businesses to the availability of Back to Business (B2B) grants being granted through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Through the Back to Business (B2B) program, the State of Illinois is offering $175 million in grants for businesses in industries hardest-hit by the pandemic, specifically, restaurants, hotels and businesses in the creative arts industry. Applications are open from April 5, 2023 – May 10, 2023 and more than 100 community navigators are available across the state to support businesses as businesses prepare to apply.

Eligible existing small businesses who experienced business interruption or adverse conditions due to COVID-19 may apply. Award amounts will vary and are subject to review and adjustment pending application volume, reported losses, and take into account previous grant awards received.

General Timeline:  

  • April 5th – May 10th: Application window 
  • April 5th – May 15th: Ongoing application review 
  • June –  July: Grantee notification of awards and funding disbursement

Resources and Information About The B2B Restaurants Grant Program:

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Resources and Information About The B2B Creative Arts Grant Program: