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Please contact us at 630.729.0380 or navigator@dgedc.com for more information

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Illinois Back to Business New Business Grant Program (B2B NewBiz)

Apply for a grant of up to $30,000!

Illinois B2B NewBiz will provide financial relief to businesses that started during the pandemic in the industries most impacted by the pandemic. Businesses that started during the pandemic have not been eligible for state grants and most federal emergency support provided for emergency relief to small businesses thus far.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a grant award under Illinois B2B NewBiz, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations must meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Started operations between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021.
  2. Had gross receipts of at least $25,000 and up to $20,000,000 in 2021 (annualized if started during 2021).
  3. Currently active operations in Illinois.
  4. Have not received a Back to Business (B2B) grant prior to 2023.
    • Business Interruption Grant (BIG), Back to Business (B2B) Grant issued prior to 2023, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), or Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant (RRF).
  5. Must meet one of the following two criteria:
    • The business or nonprofit is in a priority industry as defined for the previous Back to Business program
      1. A list of priority industries and their definitions can be found here.
    • The business is majority owned by an individual or individuals that became eligible for and received unemployment insurance benefits – including from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – between March 13, 2020, and the date the business began operations.

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NewBiz FAQs








Back to Business (B2B) Grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries.  Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

The program design for B2B Restaurants, B2B Hotels, and B2B Arts, respectively, are based on legislation which established the Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1100), Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1095), and the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant program (30 ILCS 709/40).

Applications will be open between April 5 and May 10, 2023. DCEO encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with program eligibility requirements and reach out to local community navigators with any questions.

DCEO Small Business Assistance Page

Application Portal

Statewide DCEO English-Language Webinars

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Register here: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/k2/j.php?MTID=ta23ccf35e0f4dd0dc6d8037f87e014c1



Hotel Eligibility

FAQs for Hotel Jobs and Recovery Grant Program



Restaurant Eligibility

FAQs for Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program


Creative Arts

Creative Arts Eligibility

FAQs for Creative Recovery Grant Program

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