The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has launched the new $250M Back 2 Business grant program. This program offers funding opportunities for small businesses, hard-hit industries and disproportionately impacted businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help you apply and secure the funds.

Prepare to apply by gathering:

  • 2019 and 2020 Federal tax returns
  • Two business bank statements: March through December 2020 & your most recent statement
  • Business owner ID (ITIN accepted)

What you need to know:

  • $5,000 – $150,000 grants to cover operations / staff / overhead costs
  • Must have revenues of $20 million or less in 2019 and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Priority given to industries & communities hard-hit by COVID-19 as well as businesses who have yet to qualify for state or federal assistance (including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), Business Interruption Grant (BIG), and more) have yet to qualify for state funding or federal assistance

For assistance, call the Cook County B2B Hotline:

Join us for these upcoming events

Allies for Community Business Webinars:

English: August 18 th • 3 pm Back to Business Grant program overview

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Español: August 19 th • 11 am Back to Business Grant revisión del programa

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Illinois Restaurant Association Webinar:

August 19 th • 10 am

What restaurants need to know about applying

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Ask the Experts Webinar:

August 25 th • 12 pm

Guidance & insight into the Back to Business Grant

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