You can apply via Smartsheet by clicking on the “Apply Now” button in our landing page. The application is available in English and Spanish.
Yes, any business that applied to the 2022 Cook County Grow Grant will need to submit a new application for The 2023 Source Grant
The following documents are required for the application:
- Form of Valid Photo Identification including (one of the following is required):
- Driver’s license
- REAL ID
- State ID
- Chicago City Key ID
- Passport (US and non-US)
- Permanent resident card
- Consular ID
- Military ID
- Green card
- Certificate of naturalization
- Certificate of US citizenship
- Native American tribal photo ID
- Filed 2019 Federal Tax Return for your business; including required forms and attachments
- Filed 2022 Federal Tax Return for your business; including required forms and attachments
- Signed W-9 Form
- Provide proof of Good Standing with the State of Illinois (This does not apply to to Sole Proprietors that operate under SSN)
No.We anticipate that demand will exceed the available $40 million. Once eligibility is confirmed, Grant Administrators will select grant recipients via a randomized process.
Our goal is to distribute 60% of all grants to businesses located in suburban Cook County and 40% to businesses located in the City of Chicago.
We have $500,000 available to support small businesses owned by veterans across both grant categories.
You may apply for all of your eligible businesses, but only one grant will be awarded to the business owner.
If a business was located in Cook County in 2019 but has subsequently moved out of Cook County the business is not eligible for the 2023 Source Grant.
Applicants should explain that the business has moved, and upload a Business License with the new address or Proof of Business Operations with the new address to demonstrate the business is currently operating in Cook County. This information can be uploaded as a supplemental document.
If an applicant has not filed their 2022 taxes, they must instead provide BOTH their 2022 tax extension application (completed) and current business license from the governing jurisdiction (local municipality, township or State of Illinois) for their application to be considered.