COVID-19 Resources

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Your COVID-19 Response Team

Meet the new COVID-19 response team at North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG)! They are funded by an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to support the six-county Economic Development District (EDD) with COVID-19 recovery. This includes helping communities secure state funding and providing grant support to local businesses. Please contact NCICG if your community or business needs help with anything COVID-19 related.

 

**Funding for Municipalities

CURE Program

  • Funding allocated to all LGUs, counties, and health departments
  • Funds can be used to reimburse for COVID-19 related costs
    • Personal protective equipment, payroll for public health and safety workers, administrative leave, technology improvements, updated water meters, etc.
    • Find more eligible reimbursement expenses here
  • Find your entity’s allocation here

**Funding for Small Businesses

**Grants for Small Businesses

Click on title for more information and please share the following grant opportunities with your local businesses.

Shuttered Venue Operators

  • Open to theatrical producers, live performing arts, museums, movie theaters

The Barstool Fund

  • A running crowdfund campaign to raise funds for eligible businesses that apply

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund

  • $500 matching grant when you raise $500 through your own GoFundMe campaign

Made for More Small Business Contest

  • Up to $10,000 for small businesses who have made significant contributions to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To enter, you must use Ball brand canning products in your business

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

  • $25,000 grants to businesses
  • The application is only open for a one-month period, so ready your applications for the next open date. You’ll need to capture your business’s story via video. *Dates not yet announced.

National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants (NASE)

  • $4,000 grants available to NASE members looking to take their business to the next level. *Must be a member to apply.

Nav’s “Legitify Your Small Business” Grant

  • $10,000 small business grant to help solve a business problem or take your business to the next level

Halstead Jewelry Grant Award

  • $7,500 grant for jewelry artists to develop a business, fine-tune their plans, and hit their goals.

Eileen Fisher Grant Program

  • Grants of at least $10,000 for female entrepreneurs

The Amber Grant Program

  • $10,000 grant awarded to qualifying female entrepreneurs each month