Glen Ellyn COVID-19 Support Grant Program
The goal of the Village of Glen Ellyn COVID-19 Support Grant Program is to supplement businesses with costs associated with COVID-19 business expenses incurred beginning March 1, 2020. The Village Board reserves the sole right to amend, modify, add, or delete any part or subpart of this program.
Approved expenses are eligible to receive COVID-19 Support Grant funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000, as determined by the Village Board. Grants will be formally issued after the purchases/improvements are completed and all requested documentation is received and reviewed by the Village to verify completion. All grants will be reviewed on a first come first served basis or when all funds for the program are dispersed, whichever comes first. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 31, 2021.
For more information and to download the COVID-19 Support Grant Application, visit here.
Additional Funding for Village Award Programs
During the Village Board meeting on Monday, September 28, the Board increased the matching funds for both the Downtown Retail Interior Improvement Award and the Façade Improvement Award from $15,000 to $30,000. The Board is looking to encourage businesses to take advantage of the increased funds to make structural improvements to their business that may help them in the long run. Applications and more information can be found on the Village's website.
Additional Business Support Initiatives
Business Registration Fee Waived for 2021
In recognition of the financial burdens facing all businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board has waived the annual Business Registration Fee for 2021 for businesses Village-wide.
Downtown Merchant Parking Fees Reduced for 2021
Downtown merchant parking passes and commuter passes will see a 25 percent reduction in their 2021 fees when they receive their annual renewal information.
The fee reduction reflects the current change in commuter patterns due to the pandemic, all the while continuing to fund the parking fund in order to effectively maintain the Village owned parking lots. Parking fees were scheduled for a rate increase in 2021, which the Village Board deferred and will consider for 2022.
Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program
The Governor announced the opening of the second round of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program. These grants will be available to all small businesses statewide that experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application is available on the state website to review. Applicants can start gathering the necessary information. On the afternoon of September 17, the state will begin to accept applications. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.
Funding for this round is approximately $200 million, with more than half of the funds earmarked for businesses downstate. Of this funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries. A map of the DIAs can be found on the state's website. The heavily impacted industries are defined as having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been close or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. These industries include the following:
- Event spaces
- Music venues
- Performing arts venues
- Indoor recreation
- Amusement parks
- Movie theaters
- Charter/shuttle buses
While these priority areas are part of the program, the BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses.
Update: Applications for a second round of funding are now live. A total of $220 million are available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. Due to the implementation of new state mitigations, businesses in DuPage County, along with other affected counties, will be given priority to these funds. Learn more about the program and apply here.
Small Business Assistance
The Village of Glen Ellyn is working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to identify all programs that may be of assistance to those individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 national emergency.
The primary channel for assistance is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) that currently exists to address natural disasters. For profit and certain non-profit entities across industries can apply for relief. All businesses must formally apply online in order to be considered for eligibility. There is no limitation on a statewide basis, and applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.
For application and program details, please visit the links below:
You may also contact your local SBDC Program Manager, Ute Westphal, at (630) 942-2630 or via email.
Additional Resources and Information
- State of Illinois: Restore Illinois Plan
- State of Illinois: BIG Grant
- Choose DuPage
- College of DuPage Business Development Center
- Downtown Alliance of Glen Ellyn
- Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
- National Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19