Business Grant Deadline Approaches

GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING: Illinois Small Business Community Navigators Program (DUE JUNE 9th)
Potential Applicants: Non-profits and local governments
How Much: $100k – $2m. DCEO will issue up to 15 grants totaling up to $10 million to organizations that collectively cover every part of the state.
To ensure Back to Business funds reach those most in need – the new budget dedicates funding to expanding outreach and technical assistance. This includes the Community Navigator program – leveraging community organizations who know firsthand the needs of their area businesses, to support them in applying and qualifying for funds. The program deploys a hub and spoke model to boost participation in programs by minority-owned businesses and those in hard-to-reach communities. DCEO will partner directly with larger grantees (“hubs”) that engage with smaller local, community-based organizations (“spokes”) to provide direct one-on-one support to targeted businesses. Community navigator services will play an important role in providing technical assistance to disadvantaged businesses seeking to benefit from federal relief efforts.
Organizations interested in becoming “Spokes” can have their interest posted on the DCEO website:

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