Kane County is now accepting grant applications from businesses under Round 2 of its CRF Business Grant Program.
The Kane County Board has allocated $5 million for this initiative.
Businesses may apply for up to $25,000 to cover certain operating expenses and costs associated with responding/adapting to the COVID-19 health emergency.
The county has streamlined the process for Round 2 in order to assist as many businesses as possible. Businesses that participated in Round 1 may apply under Round 2, provided they have eligible expenses that were not already reimbursed by the county or another source of financial assistance.
In order to be eligible, businesses must be for-profit and have a physical place of business within Kane County. They must have been established on/before Jan. 1, 2020, have experienced a decline in revenue and/or increase in expenses since March 1, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and be in good standing with federal, state and local standards and requirements.
Applicants should review the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions for additional terms and conditions.
All applications must be completed using the ZoomGrants application portal established for this initiative.
Submissions will be reviewed and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-eligible, first-served basis. While an application deadline has not been established for the Round 2 program, the county anticipates closing the application portal when funds are exhausted, or when it is no longer feasible to process applications and issue awards before the end of calendar year 2020.
Questions regarding Round 2of the Business Grant Program may be directed to the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment at 630-762-2084 or by e-mail at CRF2@co.kane.il.us.
Info for Round 1 Applicants
Throughout the application process you will receive email requests to submit missing and/or supporting documentation. This request is critical to the review of your application.
You will be provided with specific instructions as to what documents are needed to complete your application.
To expedite the review of your application, avoid further delay and/or rejection you must identify each document uploaded as indicated in the email sent to your point of contact.
Do not include any Personal Identifiable Information in any of your documentation. Multiple documents under the same category must be combined into one document. If your document requires a signature, it must be signed at the time of submission.
Direct any questions regarding missing or supporting documentation to CRF@co.kane.il.us. Please allow for three business days for a reply.
Help is Available for Illinois Households
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, has launched an initiative to help Illinois households’ access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19.
Families seeking assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food and other household necessities may visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com for program details and how to apply.
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG):