Grants

Allies for Community Business has partnered with several public and private organizations to provide grants to small businesses over the last several years. Since April of 2020, we have provided over $360M in grants to 20,000 small businesses in Illinois and Indiana.

As new grant opportunities arise, we will post them here along with instructions on how to apply.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Administered by the SBA

Venue operators across the country may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue through this SBA Program.

All applications must be submitted directly to the SBA, but A4CB is available to help any small business owner who needs assistance. Please reach out to us or schedule a coaching session if you have questions or would like assistance with your application.

Eligibility

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Must not have applied for or received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020

Small Business Restart Grant

Administered by the State of Indiana

Indiana has reopened and expanded the Restart Program to help accelerate economic recovery. Eligible small businesses can apply for reimbursement for qualified business expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021. Reimbursements of up to $50,000 are available to eligible businesses.

Eligibility

  • Registered Indiana business
  • Must have been established prior to October 1, 2019
  • Demonstrate a monthly gross revenue loss of at least 30% compared to pre-COVID 2019 average monthly revenue

Deadline: December 31, 2021


Indiana Hospitality and Entertainment Grant

Administered by the State of Indiana

The Indiana Hospitality & Entertainment Grant program supports the state’s hospitality and entertainment industries that have been disproportionately impacted throughout the pandemic. Eligible small businesses can apply for reimbursement for qualified business expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Reimbursements of up to $1,000,000 are available to eligible businesses.

Eligibility

  • Registered Indiana business
  • Must have been established prior to October 1, 2019
  • Entertainment venue, promoter, or hospitality businesses with $10 million – $35 million in revenue in 2019

Deadline: December 31, 2021


Small Business Improvement Fund

Administered by City of Chicago and SomerCor

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund provides small businesses with reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement costs.

Eligibility

  • Commercial and industrial business located in Chicago’s TIF districts
  • Industrial businesses must have 200 or fewer employees
  • Commercial businesses must gross average annual sales under $9M for the prior 3 years

Deadline: Dependent on TIF district


Road to Recovery

Administered by the Little Village Community Foundation

The Road to Recovery program offers $1,000 – $3,000 grants to businesses located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Each recipient will also receive technical assistance.

Eligibility

  • Located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood

Deadline: Rolling


High Road Kitchens

Administered by One Fair Wage and City of Chicago

One Fair Wage in partnership with the City of Chicago has launched the High Road Kitchens program, offering grants between $10,000 and $30,000 to Chicago restaurants.

Eligibility

  • Restaurant located in Chicago
  • Annual revenue of under $3 million
  • Experienced financial loss due to COVID-19 totaling 25% of annual revenue

Deadline: Rolling

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  • Juicy Luzy Sangria Luz Cavazos
    The grant helped us to pay our back-owed rent and utilities, buy supplies, and stay afloat.
    Read Story ›
  • Back of the Yards Coffee Company Jesse Iniguez
    The grant helped us stay open and keep our employees working.
    Read Story ›

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