Loan & Grant Programs for Small Businesses & Employees

*The below comprehensive list will be updated as information becomes available.

CARES ACT Payment Protection Program (PPP) Loan – FORGIVENESS APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS GUIDELINES

Last week the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) extended the deadline to apply until August 8th. With over $100 Billion left in the program, if you have not secured a first round of funding, or want to work with your lender to adjust your timeline, here is a resource on the updated PPP terms for your consideration.

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise, many businesses are coming to the end of the funding, or were left out entirely. We must elevate the need for a longer-term comprehensive program.

The SBA and Treasury put out new interim guidelines on forgiveness based on the latest PPP Flexibility Act. Continue to check the SBA website for the latest updates, as well as with your individual lenders.

Sole proprietors and small business owners who did not reduce payroll by more than 25% are eligible to use the shorter EZ Form for forgiveness application.


EIDL LOANS AVAILABLE AGAIN

After shutting down the Disaster loan program due to funding running out, and then limiting recipients to agricultural businesses only, the SBA has reopened the EIDL Loans for all industries with a cap of $150,000.

The Emergency Grant program (which provides up to $10,000 based on a rate of $1,000 per employee) is also running again.

The deadline to apply for a COVID-related EIDL loan or grant is December 31, 2020. You can apply here.


“TOGETHER NOW” FUND

Chicago’s small businesses and non-profits that need addition assistance to recover from COVID-19 and damage to their storefronts can apply for a grant from the Together Now Fund. Join one of the BACP’s upcoming webinars to learn about the Fund, including how to apply. Visit www.chicago.gov/togethernow for more information.

SMALL BUSINESS LIVE RESTART GRANT FUND

Accion Opportunity Fund partnered with Superfly to raise money to support small business owners working to overcome challenges related to COVID-19. The effort is part of Small Business Live, an online philanthropic music experience that took place on Saturday, June 20. Selected small business owners will receive a grant of $5,000 to help restart their business. At least 50% of funds will be allocated to current Accion and Opportunity Fund loan clients. The other 50% of grantees will be selected from the pool of eligible applicants. Click here for more information and to apply.


NEW STATE-LED ASSISTANCE

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is launching a $150 million program with $5,000 grants to provide emergency rental assistance to Illinois tenants who are unable to pay their rent. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) is expected to reach approximately 30,000 renters who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The program will launch in August 2020 and run through the end of the year. Governor Pritzker will extend the ongoing residential eviction ban through July 31 to provide a smooth transition into the assistance program.

To address housing instability due to COVID-19, renters who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic will be prioritized in the grants process. Eligible tenants must already carry an unpaid rent balance from March through present day and certify that the reason they were unable to pay rent was due to a COVID-19 related loss of income on or after March 1, 2020. The assistance will be paid directly to a property owner or landlord on behalf of the tenant and as a condition of accepting the assistance, landlords must agree not to evict the tenant for the duration of the ERA. Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-approved basis until the funds are exhausted.

EMERGENCY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

IHDA is also launching a separate $150 million program for eligible Illinois homeowners with grants of up to $15,000 to provide support with mortgage payments. The Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA) is expected to assist approximately 10,000 eligible homeowners who are unable to pay their mortgage. The program is also expected to launch in August 2020 and provide assistance through the end of the year.

Building upon efforts to mitigate housing instability, homeowners who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic will also be prioritized in the grants process. Homeowners’ income prior to the pandemic cannot exceed 120% of the area median income (AMI). Therefore, only homeowners with mortgage arrearages, or in forbearance, on or after March 2020 through present day may be eligible to apply. Eligible homeowners must be able to certify that the reason they could not pay their mortgage in full was due to a COVID-19-related loss of income on or after March 1, 2020. The assistance will be paid directly to the mortgagor’s loan servicer on behalf of the homeowner. Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-approved basis until the funds are exhausted.

NEW BUSINESS INTERRUPTION GRANTS PROGRAM

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will launch the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 of which has been set aside for childcare providers, and is funded by the CARES Act.

In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic and are located in DIAs. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount, since March and may continue to face depressed revenues or closure. Businesses must also have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020. An emphasis will also be placed on those businesses that are located in areas that have experienced recent property damage due to civil unrest, exacerbating the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  • Businesses in DIAs – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing at least 1,000 grants of up to $20,000 each
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each

Click here for more information and to apply

DISTRESSED CAPITAL PROGRAM

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s new economic recovery program will provide $25 million to support Illinois businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during the recent protests and demonstrations on or after May 25, 2020.

The Distressed Capital Program will reimburse the costs to repair structural damages, including repairs to storefronts and entrances, improving electrical systems, and restoring exterior work.

The program will prioritize small businesses, women and minority-owned businesses, underinsured or uninsured businesses, businesses that have a high community impact – such as grocery stores – and businesses in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment.

The Rebuild Distressed Communities NOFO will solicit applications from regional and local organizations that will perform outreach, coordinate local qualified vendors, and provide funds to cover the cost of repairs and building improvements for businesses in their region. The Distressed Capital Program also includes provisions to ensure BEP-certified contractors, including minority- and women-owned businesses, are the first in line to do the repair work.

DCEO will invite applications to become an administrator for the Rebuild Distressed Communities NOFO made available on Tuesday, June 23rd. We expect businesses impacted by property damage to be able to apply for support through this program by August.

For additional questions on the program or how to apply, please contact the Office of Grants Management at CEO.RebuildDistressed@illinois.gov.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION STRATEGIES

The Department of Human Services (IDHS) will provide $32.5 million in an effort to immediately mitigate poverty in Illinois and respond to the needs of hard-hit communities by COVID-19 and by the civil unrest. The program will support more than 73,000 people across the state by building upon contracts and services to target communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The actions will begin in June and extend through the summer.

Specifically, the IDHS strategies will provide:

  • Unemployed Adults – Stipends of up to $4 million to help rebuild businesses
  • Summer Youth Providers – More than $6 million to empower and engage youth and help rebuild communities
  • Foods Banks – $2 million to expand the capacity to feed hungry families in the hardest hit areas
  • Illinois Black and Brown Farmers – $1 million to increase the availability of fresh food and produce
  • Mental Health Services – $2 million to help meet the increased demand for crisis services and better serve diverse communities
  • Community-Based Organizations – $5 million to provide small grants for healing circles, restorative justice circles, and other healing activities
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – One-time $500 payment to help ensure food security, totaling $11.5 million

Additionally, the Department on Aging will expand the Emergency Senior Services Funds by providing up to $5 million to support senior residents in need of meals, groceries, medicine, and medical care. The funding will assist seniors who may not have been able to access necessary supplies due to damages to physical locations in their communities. The department will utilize the statewide case coordinator units (CCUs) throughout the Aging network to take referrals from all Aging providers for services.

Click here to read the full press release.

 


Online training available for small businesses impacted by coronavirus

Led by the Illinois SBA Office

All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars as long as there is demand covering:

  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources

Choose the date and time most convenient for you. Click the link below to register now.

www.chicago.gov/businessworkshops

Led by the ChiBizHub

See available workshops and webinars here.


Hairdressers at Heart COVID-19 Crisis Relief

Licensed professional hairstylists and nail techs to salon owners and educators, can apply to receive one of 230 relief checks totaling up to $1,000 each to assist in their pandemic relief and recovery.

Submit your application now to be considered for Hairdressers at Heart’s 2019 COVID-19 relief campaign. Please note, objective judging criteria for essay is a deserving and compelling story.

NOTE: Pre-funded, tax-free checks will be mailed to selected recipients at their current mailing address. Lost checks will not be able to be refunded or redelivered.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; Campaign begins for entrants on or about 4/13/20 at 12:00:00 a.m. PT and ends on 6/20/20 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT; open only to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States and D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada who are 18 years old or older and who have a current cosmetology or nail license; see Official Rules at [English Rules] [Spanish Rules] [French Canadian Rules] [Vietnamese Rule] for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/values, odds, and complete details; limit one (1) entry per person; void where prohibited.  Sponsor: The Wella Corporation and OPI Inc., 4500 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302


Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund

Start Date: March 31st

Application URL: www.chicagoresiliencyfund.com

  • Attest to a more than 25 percent revenue decrease due to COVID-19
  • Employ fewer than 50 workers
  • Have gross revenues of less than $3 million in 2019
  • Provide bank statements dating back to October 2019
  • Most recent tax return

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Start Date: March 19th

End Date: December 21st

Application URL: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Register1

  • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere
  • Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible
  • The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%
  • Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
  • Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
  • Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.
  • Loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years
  • To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance.
  • Here are the documents you’ll need to provide to complete the application: 

    • SBA Form 5 or SBA Form 5C for sole proprietorships – SBA loan application 
    • IRS Form 4506T – Tax Information Authorization for the applicant, principals and affiliates
    • Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return. 
    • SBA Form 2202 – Schedule of Liabilities
    • SBA Form 413 – Personal Financial Statement
    • SBA Form 1368 – Monthly sales figures 

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

The new Arts for Illinois Relief Fund will provide financial assistance to artists, artisans, and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader philanthropic community. To date, more than $4M has been committed from public and private sources to seed an upcoming statewide campaign that will provide additional funding to meet the growing and critical needs of the state’s creative sector. Individuals looking to apply or corporations and charitable foundations looking to donate can learn more here.


Accion Small Business Loans

Application URL: https://us.accion.org/small-business-loans/see-if-i-qualify/

  • Existing business owners with at least six months of verifiable sales
  • Titled collateral or SBA guarantee required for loans above $25,000 for existing businesses
  • Any monthly net income from the business plus income outside the business for existing businesses
  • No minimum credit score
  • Must be current on all active accounts on credit report

Women’s Business Development Center Direct Lending Program

(312) 853-3477

8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60603

  • Loans are available to small businesses located in Northwest Illinois
  • Targeted towards businesses with less than $1 Million in annual revenue
  • Businesses, including start-ups, may be eligible regardless of time in business, or size of business
  • Loans available for: equipment purchases, inventory, leasehold improvements, machinery, supplies, or working capital
  • Interest rates from 7% – 12%
  • Repayment terms from 1- 5 years

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Application URL: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

  • Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is Identifiable and described in detail in the application
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is Damaging to the person or property (e.g., loss of life, health, or property)
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is Sudden and precipitous rather than gradual or progressive
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is Unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unintended, or unplanned
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is Unusual and not normally occurring in the ordinary course of day-to-day living

IDES Unemployment Insurance

Application URL: https://bit.ly/2UD2KFM

  • Accurately report your reason for separation from your job when you initially file your claim for benefits
  • You must report your gross wages for e​ach week you work. Report all earnings, including part-time or temporary work
  • In order to collect benefits, you must continually certify that you are able, available and willing to accept suitable work
  • You must search for work each week or benefits may be denied
  • An organized and documented job search improves your chances of employment. All claimants are required by law to document work search activities
  • The use of paid third-parties to file your claim and/or communicate with IDES is very risky and discouraged. Do not share your personal information with anyone
  • Follow the rules to prevent yourself from committing fraud. Failure to follow legal requirements has serious consequences

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Application URL: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where we operate will be able to receive the grant. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

GoFundMe, Yelp, & Intuit: The Small Business Relief Initiative

URL: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/covid19-resources/

To be eligible for a grant from the Small Business Relief Fund, the business needs to meet the following requirements: have been negatively impacted by a government mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic; be independently owned and operated; not be nationally dominant in its field of operation; intend to use funds to either help (a) care for its employees/workers or (b) pay ongoing business expenses; raise at least $500 for the business through its own GoFundMe fundraiser, which fundraiser it started because of the COVID-19 pandemic; and have no fraud reports made against it. Only one grant per business. All business fundraisers and grant recipients must comply with GoFundMe’s terms of service. To read more see here our terms of service.


Google Ads Ad Credits

URL: https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/9803410?hl=en

The ad credits will be available to small and medium businesses, who advertise directly with Google or through partners, around the world with active accounts since the beginning of 2019.


Kiva 0% Interest Loans

Application URL: https://www.kiva.org/borrow

Unlike traditional bank loans, Kiva loans don’t require a minimum credit score, years of cash flow documents or collateral. But you do need to meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered:

  • You and your business must be based in the United States.
  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be using the loan for business purposes.
  • Your business must not be engaged in any of the following activities: multi-level marketing / direct sales; illegal activities (e.g. gambling, scams); or pure financial investing (e.g. stocks)
  • You cannot currently be in foreclosure, bankruptcy, or under any liens.
  • You must be willing to demonstrate your social capital by having a small number of your friends and family make a loan to you.

Verizon/LISC Small Business Recovery Fund

Application URL: https://bit.ly/3aVSfod

An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Verizon will highlight and bolster these efforts through their inaugural “Pay It Forward Live” online concert series.


Honeycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Relief Loans

Application URL: https://www.honeycombcredit.com/relief

Option 1

  • Borrow $10,000-$50,000 in working capital
  • 45 day payment-free period
  • 3.75% interest rate over an initial 6-month interest-only payment period
  • 5% interest rate over a 3-year fully amortizing loan after the interest-only period
  • No pre-payment penalties
Financial Qualifications
  • 3+ years of operating history

  • Profitable in 2019

  • Good credit score for 20% owners

  • Debt service coverage ratio of 1.2 or higher

  • Owners have positive net worth

  • No delinquencies (personal or business)

  • Lease agreement in good standing

  • Registered and legally organized business

  • Personal guaranty

  • Blanket lien on the business (lien position negotiable)

  • Demonstrated community support

Option 2

  • Borrow $10,000-$25,000 in working capital

  • 45 day payment-free period

  • 3.75% interest rate over an initial 6-month interest-only payment period

  • 7.5% interest rate over a 3-year fully amortizing loan after the interest only period

  • No pre-payment penalties

Financial Qualifications
  • 1+ years of operating history

  • Breakeven or profitable in 2019

  • Above average credit score for 20% owners

  • Debt service coverage ratio of 1.0 or higher

  • Owners have non-negative net worth

  • No delinquencies (personal or business), unless explicitly related to the economic slowdown

  • Lease agreement in good standing

  • Registered and legally organized business

  • Personal guaranty

  • Blanket lien on the business (lien position negotiable)

  • Demonstrated community support